The 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Canada’s national women’s curling championship, was held from February 15 to 23 at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Representing B.C. at the tournament was Kamloops’ very own, Team Brown!
Nufloors Kamloops is a proud sponsor of Team Brown and connected with them to reminisce on their tournament highlights, the importance of community, and a sneak peak of what’s next for the team.
Why do you curl?
Corryn: I curl because I love the sport and the people. I love to compete and play on a team. The feeling of winning is indescribable and I love to continue to chase that feeling and the feeling of defeat makes me hungry to improve and come back better and stronger.
Dezaray: I curl because I love the competition and love the game. Curling has introduced me to some of the most amazing people I consider family and has given me opportunities that I will forever be grateful for.
How has ‘community’ and your team supported you?
Erin: Kamloops is a very sport-minded community and they really get behind their teams. We’ve definitely felt that from day one. It feels awesome when we accomplish something and people reach out to us to congratulate us. When we have success it feels that much better when we are able to share it with so many people. We are honoured and love to represent where we’re from.
Ashley: My community and my team understand both my priorities and my dreams. My team understands that sometimes I need to miss practice to take time to complete work or be with family. My community understands my dreams and finds a way to help me out when I’m away curling.
What does local sponsorship mean to you and why does it matter?
Corryn: We would not be able to curl without local sponsorship. A curling season is very costly especially with travel out of province. We have been very fortunate to have some great companies behind us throughout our curling journey. Partnering with local companies also allows us to get to know those who are sponsoring us and how we can make their investment more worthwhile. Representing locally owned companies also helps the economy thrive at a local level. We are proud to wear so many great local company’s logos on our jackets!
Erin: Local sponsorship is a huge reason why we are able to do what we do! I think supporting a local team like us is a great way for a business to show potential customers that they are community minded. And in the same token, we are honoured to represent where we are from so being able to do that in the form of wearing a local businesses logo on our jackets is awesome.
What was the highlight of your time at the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts?
Corryn: The highlight of the Scotties for me was probably receiving our Scotties necklaces. Receiving that necklace is something I have dreamt about since I was a little girl. The necklace is a symbol of accomplishment for making it to the Scotties and I will cherish it forever!
Erin: There were so many highlights and pinch me moments throughout the week! As a kid you dream of being there. Getting that first Scotties win in our very first game was such a cool experience. Other things like getting our Scotties necklaces or being marched into the arena during the opening ceremonies are also highlights for sure.
Ashley: Ashley: The whole Scotties event was amazing. I don’t know if I can pin point one highlight. I would say though, every time we got marched onto the ice it gave me goosebumps.
Dezaray: Wow…The Scotties. Just being there was a dream come true! I would say the ultimate highlight was getting presented the necklace. This is something that as a little girl and watching the Scotties I have always dreamt of getting. To me, it’s a symbol of accomplishment. However, the first slide over the hearts on the ice was a pretty incredible feeling too!
What is the biggest takeaway from your time at the Scotties and/or this year’s curling season?
Erin: I think just knowing we belong at that level. We had several games at the Scotties that came down to the last rock against world-class teams like Homan, Jones and McCarville, teams that have been there many times.
Ashley: My biggest take away is that Team Brown can play against the top teams in Canada.
What’s next for Team Brown?
Corryn: Team Brown is looking forward to another busy season! We have our goals set on returning to the Scotties and building upon what we accomplished in Moose Jaw this year. We are also hoping to lock up a spot at the Olympic Pre-Trials or even Trials if really perform well. We are planning to do more out of province tournaments that will further help to improve our game as well as potentially earn us valuable World Curling Tour points.