Ashley Klymchuk sees your pandemic and raises you twins.
The Corryn Brown rink’s lead learned she was pregnant after the B.C. Scotties in Cranbrook and found out following the national women’s curling championship in Moose Jaw she is due to give birth to a pair, with delivery expected Oct. 10.
“If I had one, would I be able to curl? Maybe,” Klymchuk told KTW on Monday. “With the two, I was like, you know what, that’s not really fair to the girls. They need a bit more commitment. It’s a little bittersweet, but I’m really excited about this part of my life.”
Klymchuk capped an indelible on-ice campaign — helping Team Brown to its first provincial women’s title and curling at 90 per cent to trump all leads at nationals — by leaving the squad indefinitely.
“It took a little bit to digest. It was a bit of a shock to all of us,” said Brown, who acquired Klymchuk’s services in time for the 2018-2019 campaign. “We’re so happy for her and it’s a really exciting life change, but we’re really sad to be losing her. With making the Scotties this year, it was kind of like a dream come true and even more incredible to now know she was pregnant with twins and played so unbelievably at the Scotties.”
The Brown rink, which includes third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes and coach Allison MacInnes, has decided who will replace Klymchuk, but the skip declined on Monday to reveal a name, saying the announcement will be made on social media in the coming days.
“Team chemistry is a huge thing, especially with how well things went with Ashley and how seamless that transition was,” Brown said. “We wanted to find someone who could mimic that. She [Klymchuk] brings a lot of happiness and humour to the team. It was a great energy to have around and she had a different perspective on life, a little bit further along, married. You could talk to her about all sorts of things.”
Klymchuk, whose husband, Tyler, is also a competitive curler, is a teacher, now delivering curriculum online to her Grade 5 Logan Lake elementary students.
“It’s a ton of fun because it’s always exciting — 10-year-olds on a video-conference chat is pretty awesome,” Klymchuk said. “It’s neat to see kids doing things at their pace.”
The year has been unforgettable — a gold medal at provincials, a sixth-place finish and blistering individual performance at nationals, news of twins, leaving the eighth-ranked team in Canada, teaching kids through a screen from home during a worldwide virus crisis — and it’s only April 6.
She’s not yet seeing double, with a few minutes of thinking time to spare before October, when split-vision rocks the Klymchuk house.
“For me, it hasn’t really sunk in yet, but then I’m thinking about all the things I have to get and it’s double of everything,” Klymchuk said. “We’ll be OK. It seems a little overwhelming at first, but I’ve got such great family in town and my mom will be here all the time helping out and I have my sisters.
“Life is crazy no matter what.”