Junior curlers take part in national competition

The Deep River Curling and Squash Club hosted its second annual “Hit, Draw and Tap” competition in December.

This is a national competition with the participants being scored on executing three standard shots – each shot is scored five times.

This event is similar to the “Drive, Chip and Putt” for youth golfers and the “Kick, Pass, Punt” football event.

Over 900 youth in three age categories competed nationally and Deep Rivers competitors compared very well to their peers.

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In fact, in the 6-to-8 year-old category, Andrew Nichols had a total score of 66 out of a maximum of 75 and finished sixth highest in Canada out of 230. He won the local Gold medal and will be going to the provincial finals in early February.

Close behind him for second with 60 points was Warren Hopkins who was 37th in the nationwide competition.

We are wishing Andrew good luck and good curling as he heads to the finals.

In the 9-and-10 year-old category, Griffin Nolette won the gold medal finishing 77th out of 299 competitors in his age category. Close behind for second was Callie Baltazar and Liam English finished in third place.

In the 11-to-13 year-old category, Kirsten Baltazar won the gold medal, finishing 145th out of 418 competitors in her age category. Second place was Olly Steedman who is only in his second year of curling and Cameron Hopkins finished in third place.

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in this year’s event.