The top seven men and women curling teams will be arriving in Moose Jaw in a matter of days. Those teams will also be serving as an inspiration for young curlers in the province, especially 14 that were chosen to be the SaskEnergy Junior Stars.
There were 40 applicants from around Saskatchewan that submitted 150-word essays that described how they give back to the community. SaskEnergy had a selection process that reviewed each applicant’s essay and chose the best 14 submissions.
“That is really great to see because when they had to write an essay for it, it meant that they really wanted to it,” said host committee chair Danielle Sicinski.
The Junior Stars receive a ticket for themselves and two guests, an official Junior Stars jacket, a gift package compliments of SaskEnergy and the Capital One Canada Cup of Curling as well as a photo with their team and an introduction at the pre-game ceremonies.
“This is a big deal for the kids. As a curler, to be bagpiped onto the ice level with their teams, it is pretty inspiring for these youth,” said Sicinski.
Three Moose Jaw high school students — Carson Ackerman, Lane Greenwood and Rebecca Garner were chosen to be part of the program.
Although the experience will be amazing for the young curlers, it is also special for the top curlers in the country.
“I know when it comes to these specific events, I think the curlers enjoy meeting the Junior Stars just as much as the Junior Stars enjoy meeting the teams because to them, it is about the youth and bringing up the youth and inspiring them,” stated Sicinski.
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