JDH students win medals at Timbits bonspiel
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | April 14, 2015
A few young curlers returned home with some hardware after this year's Timbits Provincial Curling Championship in Gananoque. The 28th annual event took place from April 1-4.
Three local teams consisting of 13 students from J.D. Hodgson Elementary School participated in the bonspiel, which included 64 teams from across Ontario.
"They all got to curl six games, making the playoffs and making it to the final round," said Bob MacNaull, team coach and convenor of the youth program.
"We're duly impressed."
The team consisting of Dustyn McCready-DeBruin, Jessica Byers, Mackenzie Tidey and Destiny Wilson won bronze for finishing third in the "A" event.
"They were one win away from winning the whole thing," said MacNaull.
The team ended up with five wins and one loss.
With four wins and two losses, the second group came first in the "F" event and also received medals.
Players included Emma Casey, Ania Smolen, Hannah Lewis and Corin Gervais.
The five-person team received medals with a first place finish in the "E" event. They had four wins and two losses. The group included Jonah Aldom, Holly Parish, Micah Aldom, Bella Smolen and Savannah Byers.
In addition to MacNaull, the other volunteer coaches included Aggie Tose and Terry Lawrence.
"When you're having fun, it doesn't matter who wins," wrote MacNaull in a letter to the paper. "That's the main goal in Timbits curling. And along with making a lot of new friends, kids learn some valuable life lessons and discover a love for the game of curling."
MacNaull said the commitment of the players, their parents and the coaches equaled success this year. Entering a few bonspiels prior to the provincial championship also gave each team a feel for what to expect.
"They were able to focus on the curling when it was time to curl and they got good results," he said.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.