The Team B.C. curling team at the upcoming Canada Winter Games in Prince George will have some local flavour. Sterling Middleton of Fort St. John will play as the third on the team as they’ll be seeing how they stack up against some of the country’s best at the games.
The B.C. foursome is different than usual for these kind of events in that members of a team use to have to be from the same area, but the rules have since changed so any four curlers in the province can form a team.
“My teammates are from Coquitlam, Langley, and Victoria. We all went to the high school provincials last year which were in Kamloops and we curled on our seperate teams. In May I got a call from our skip and asked if I wanted to play and it snowballed from there. We qualified last year in March in Vernon. We went 6-1 and we were the team right there,” Middleton said.
Middleton is looking forward to the games not only just to compete, but to soak up the atmosphere at the games as a whole.
“I’m pumped to go for the games. The games are really unique because of course they only happen every four years. It’s not just a curling event for us with all the different sports and activities we get to do on our down time,” he stated. “Our team is really good; we have really good team dynamics. If we play to our potential we could finish really well at the end of the week.”
The team consists of skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Nicholas Umbach, and lead Tim Henderson.
The Canada Games from Prince George will kick off on February 13, and will go through March 1.
On behalf of the team Middleton wanted to extend his thanks to the team’s sponsors for making it possible to travel to Vancouver on a monthly basis to take part in practices and other events relating to the squad.
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