Runner up no more: Local curler eyes biggest prize

By Ronald Quaroni
January 29, 2019 - 12:26pm Updated: January 29, 2019 - 3:23pm

From learning to curl at the Birch Hills Curling Club to next month's Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Kara Thevenot has come a long way.

Thevenot and Team Silvernagle out of North Battleford earned the right to represent Saskatchewan in the annual national tournament by winning the provincial Viterra Provincial Scotties.

Team Silvernagle went to the last two provincial qualifier finals and came up short.

Thevenot said it was a remarkable moment when she realized they won.

“After shaking hands, I immediately looked for Robyn. We have been through so much together and it means everything,” Thevenot said. She added it’s still hard to believe.

“Don’t think it actually has sunk in yet. When I get to put my green jacket on in a couple weeks, I know it will,” she said.

When asked if the losses helped fuel the off-season, Thevenot said it was a motivation knowing they were so close in previous years, but added this year was different.

“We had already dealt with (the loss) during the season and this year was about our new team,” Thevenot said. She said there were a number of team factors that led to their success.

“We all have the exact same goals, tons of family support, put in a ton of practice and dedication to become better players,” she said.

Leading up to Feb. 16, Thevenot said she will practice and attend her full-time job at Lake Country Co-op. She said her fellow staff members are very supportive of her curling endeavours.

Thevenot was very grateful for supporters in her hometown of Birch Hills, her current city of Prince Albert and her family.

“To my husband Steven, my parents, and my in-laws, who are always there to watch Kaden and allow me to travel. Without the sacrifice of their time none of this would be possible,” she said.

The 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts runs until Feb. 24.

Twitter: @RonaldQuaroni

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