Miskew and Weagle greeted by large crowd at airport
BY JOE PAVIA
Skip Rachel Homan speaks after arriving at Edmonton International Airport on Monday. (IAN KUCHERAK/Postmedia Network)
They were beaming when they came down the escalator at YOW.
Both Emma Miskew and Lisa Weagle didn’t expect the large crowd that greeted them at the airport Monday evening after helping skip Rachel Homan’s team go unbeaten to win the world women’s curling championship in Beijing.
“It’s hard to describe the feeling. We knew a few people were going to be here and see our families but we had no idea that the reception was going to be quite as big as it is so we are really thrilled to see so many people,” said Weagle, the lead.
Miskew was beaming and agreed with her teammate.
“It’s very moving,” she said. “I know we had support from far away even though we were on the complete other side of the world so we were in a little bit of a bubble over there but we knew everyone was cheering for us. It’s really nice to see people come out to the airport late at night to greet us.”
The third estimates they had been up for two days because of flight arrangements. About 200 supporters and club mates were there to greet the team, including a number of girls holding signs.
The team made time to speak to Peter Glover. Glover is a huge Homan supporter who developed ALS. The Ottawa club held a fundraiser for him Saturday night with a large donation coming from Team Homan.
Unfortunately, team coach Adam Kingsbury and alternate Cheryl Kreviazuk as well as Miskew’s father Art, were bumped from their Toronto-Ottawa flight and only arrived at 11:30 p.m., thereby missing their welcoming ceremony. They said Air Canada bumped them when the airline thought they would not make their connecting flight.
Has their achievement sunk in yet?
“No I don’t think it’s sunk in quite yet,” Weagle said. “It’s starting to. We kind of all keep looking at our medals and remind ourselves we are world champions. It’s great to bring a gold medal home for Canada. It’s amazing to be able to say we are world champions now.”
The third feels the same: “It comes and goes. Sometimes you forget and then ‘oh wait, remember what did we did a couple of days ago. And it feels really nice.”
When asked if they will be practising — the rink’s next event is the Players’ Championship beginning April 11 in Toronto — Weagle said emphatically “No I am taking the week off!”
The U18 provincial girl’s title went to the Perth rink of Kayla Gray, Mikayla Gemmill, Morgan Typhair and Chelsea Ferrier. They defeated another local team skipped by Emily Deschenes. Team Ontario advances to the new national U18 championship in Moncton, N.B., beginning April 18.
While they didn’t win the national, the Rideau rink of Howard Rajala, Rich Moffatt, Chris Fulton and Paul Madden took Alberta to an extra end in the Everest Canadian Seniors championship final on the weekend. The Ontario fourth-place team defeated the undefeated New Brunswick entry in the semifinal previously … In the Hogline Little Rocks championship on Saturday the Manotick squad of Jonathan Biemans, Nicholas Rowe, Tyler Biemans and Liam Rowe earned the banner for this season. Cayla Findley won the Mike Moore Award, voted on by the players and coaches for sportsmanship, skill and spirit. The Almonte and District High School boy’s rink won OFSAA’s provincial title in North Bay on the weekend. Derek Bowden skipped the team with Allyn Wark, Jack McBride, Karlan Schenher and Madison Horton. The coach was Jodi Horton.
This is the season’s last curling column.
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