SHAWINIGAN, QUE. – Local product Sterling Middleton and Team Tardi are shifting their focus to the World Junior Curling Championships after winning gold at the New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships on Sunday.
The Team representing B.C. nearly didn’t qualify for the Championship round after losing their two of three playoff matches. They needed a win over top-seeded Northern Ontario and as luck would have it they came out on top 6-5, creating a four-way tie for second place resulting in tiebreakers. That was followed by defeating Alberta and Manitoba by one point each to meet Northern Ontario Sunday afternoon where they were victorious 8-4 to capture the gold.
“Of course it feels really good,” said Middleton. “Our first goal of the year is to make the Canadian Juniors. Being able to play well at the Canadian Junior’s and come back from a couple tough losses, it’s a really good way to end the week.”
The team did all this despite a member of the team battling with an illness throughout the week.
“Our skip Tyler [Tardi] was fighting a cold and bad cough,” added Middleton. “He wasn’t 100 percent throughout the week obviously. There were one or two days where we were preparing to play with three players. He was able to dig deep and find the will to curl.”
After failing to advance to the playoff round last year at Worlds in South Korea, the team plans to use the extra three weeks of prep time to write a different story this time around.
This year’s World Junior Curling Championships will take place in Aberdeen, Scotland from March 3rd to 10th.