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U of M student wins Canadian Junior Curling Championship

February 2, 2015 — 

As most of the sporting world was going nuts over the Super Bowl, Team Manitoba was in Corner Brook, NL earning the Canadian Junior Curling Championship. Skipped by U of M student Braden Calvert, Team Manitoba took a 8-6 victory over Saskatchewan’s Jacob Hersikorn to win the gold medal.

The Canadian Curling Association has a full recap, with photos of the winning team.

“I’m in a little bit of shock right now,” marvelled Calvert, a 19-year-old University of Manitoba student. “We’re just overwhelmed and super-excited about winning the national championship, and I’m sure it’ll sink in a little bit more tomorrow.”

Sunday’s win — marking Manitoba’s third straight M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors men’s gold medal, after Calvert’s victory last year in Liverpool, N.S., and Matt Dunstone’s win the year before in Fort McMurray, Alta. — capped a brilliant week for Calvert, third Kyle Kurz, second Lucas Van Den Bosch, lead Brendan Wilson and coach Tom Clasper. After losing their opener to Quebec’s Félix Asselin, the Manitobans rattled off 10 straight victories en route to gold.


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