Provincial title for local rink

By Curtis Galbraith
April 2, 2018 - 4:57pm

A team from the Peace has won the Alberta Mixed Curling Championship.

The rink skipped by Kurt Balderston took the title over the weekend at provincials in Beaumont.

This is the sixth time Balderston has skipped a team to a provincial mixed title.

"I think the older a person gets, the more you appreciate things like this. They've all been really nice in different ways. It was fun playing with Les (Sonnenberg) again and it's fun sharing it with some different people."

The foursome includes third Janais DeJong, second Les Sonnenberg and lead Adrienne Winfield.

We asked Balderston about the mix of veterans and youth on this rink.

"I coached both the girls in junior provincials. They lost the final last year to the team that went on to win Canadians. I think it was kind of neat for Les and I to curl with a couple younger people like that who lost a couple tough finals and to be able to win a provincial final for them meant a lot to us."

The Balderston rink will represent Alberta at Nationals November 5 to 10, 2018, in Winnipeg. Even though it will be played in late 2018, it will be considered the 2019 national championship. 

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