Ontario alternate Pascale Letendre keeping busy at Scotties Tournament of Hearts
BY JOE PAVIA
From left to right, lead Karen Sagle, second Steph Hanna, skip Jenn Hanna, third Brit O’Neill and alternate Pascale Letendre will represent Ontario at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie, Alta. (Darren Brown, Postmedia Network)It is more work than she thought.
Pascale Letendre is the alternate for Team Ontario at the Scotties and is doing much more than sitting behind the scoreboard at each game skip Jenn Hanna’s Ottawa rink plays.
“It’s an important job I didn’t realize how much I have to do. I am not bored let me tell you,” Letendre said.
Letendre played third for Hanna during their amazing 2005 run at the Scotties. She sees her role this time as a scout, caretaker, logistician and even a coach.
“I’m here for the girls. I ran some errands for them,” she said. “I’m keeping them fed and keeping them on schedule and organized. The schedule is pretty jam-packed so I am trying to take that stress off their shoulders. Trying to keep them focused on playing and making shots and having fun.”
During the games, she keeps an eye on other teams and on the rocks along with coach Bob Hanna.
“We look at rocks and trying to match rocks and see what other teams are doing and what works for them,” Letendre said.
Prior to each game she practises with the team and every night she throws rocks with coach Hanna holding the broom. At this writing she has appeared in part of one game when second Stephanie Hanna wasn’t feeling well. That television appearance solved a family dilemma.
Letendre has a son, seven-year-old Samuel, and a daughter, five-year-old Stella.
“Before leaving I told them where I was going and I would be playing on TV and they could watch me if they wanted,” Letendre said. “They didn’t believe me. Sam was adamant that I was lying and that I was not telling him the truth. After seeing us on TV, I think he believes me now. He thinks it is pretty cool now.”
Letendre sees a contrast from 2005 to 2016. “We are being bombarded by messages and e-mail and social media is exploding, which is wonderful. It wasn’t as noticeable in 2005 as it is now. It’s so nice because we see that people are following us and just as excited as we are.”
This region dominated the senior championships of two provinces this week. In Quebec, Buckingham’s Richard Faguy with Guy Charette, Robert Periard and Wayne Ruggles captured the senior banner while the Catherine Derick squad from Thurso earned the women’s honours. Her teammates were Sylvie Daniel, Chantal Gadoua and Cheryl Morgan. In Woodstock, Ont., Russell’s Bryan Cochrane became the Ontario senior champ. He played with Ian MacAulay, Doug Johnston and Ken Sullivan. All three teams travel to Digby, N.S., for the Canadian Seniors beginning March 28.
Gatineau’s Pierre Charette and Ottawa’s Earle Morris will be inducted into the Curling Canada Hall of Fame during the upcoming Brier at TD Place. While much is known about Morris, Charette’s off-ice accomplishments are many including being the driving force behind the Grand Slams to the point of putting up money to save the tour if it was needed.
Bantam mixed winners were zone 1A — Cassie Allen, B — Mackenzie Comeau; 2A — Sierra Sutherland, B — Grace Wallingford; 3A — Richard Barrie, B — Cole Lacroix-Lyon.
CHELSEA GETS GRANT
Curling des Collines received a $1.946 million grant from Quebec’s Ministry of Recreation and Sport to help build a new four-sheet club in Chelsea. The building will be state of the art. It will be situated on land next door to the municipal building. The excess heat from the plant will help heat that building. The total cost will be $4.265 million with the opening slated for the 2017-18 season.
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