Ashley Klymchuk lingers outside of the spotlight, content to fly under the radar while skip Corryn Brown and third Erin Pincott get all the attention.
The Brown rink’s lead is not doing her low profile any favours this week at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, though, curling at about 90 per cent to lead the team.
“This week has been crazy, but it’s been fun,” said Klymchuk, who grew up at the Kamloops Curling Club, for which her father, Rob, is general manager.
“This is exactly what I wanted to do with my curling career.”
Klymchuk and current teammates were opponents for much of their curling youths, but Sam Fisher’s departure from Team Brown following the 2017-2018 campaign presented an opportunity to join forces in the women’s ranks.
“I never really put my name out there,” said Klymchuk, a Grade 5 teacher at Logan Lake elementary who formerly curled for the Amanda Russett team, which was at one time composed of four Nordin sisters.
“They asked if I was thinking about coming back to curling. I took a year off to settle in with my marriage (to fellow curler Tyler Klymchuk in 2017) and I had a new job.
“A few days later, they asked if I’d like to join the team and I gladly accepted.”
Klymchuk played third in juniors for Brandi Tinkler of Victoria and second or third for Russett, but has found a home at lead with Brown.
“That’s the really good position for me,” Klymchuk said. “I’ve always been stronger with my draws, they’ve just always been my forte, a little bit more of those finesse shots.”
She joined Brown knowing the team was an up-and-comer, but could not have predicted its abrupt ascension.
Klymchuk was part of silver- and gold-medal winning Brown teams at the 2019 and 2020 provincial championships, respectively, along with Brown, Pincott and second Dezaray Hawes.
The province’s top team is ranked eighth in Canada and 22nd in the world, with this week’s results at the Scotties likely to push it further up both ladders.
Even the humble lead is being forced into limelight.
“I’m pretty happy with being behind the scenes, not having many responsibilities,” Klymchuk said with a laugh. “I just focus on what I need to focus on.”