(by Shane Ross) Two curlers from P.E.I. will have family close by when they compete at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Victoria, B.C., next week.
Noah O’Connor is the second on the men’s team, while his younger sister Rachel throws lead for the women’s team.
P.E.I. siblings Noah and Rachel O’Connor will both be competing at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Victoria, B.C., from Jan. 21-29. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC)
“It must be genetic or something,” said Noah during practice on Saturday at the Charlottetown Curling Club.
“We’re both fairly good at it, and had a lot of fun doing it, so it’s great to be able to curl with her at nationals.”
Noah, who is in his final year as a junior, competed at the nationals last year, as well. But this will be Rachel’s first time.
“I’m excited to be able to experience that with him this year,” Rachel said. “Just being able to see him curl and win is kind of motivating.”
The other members of the men’s team, out of the Charlottetown Curling Club, are skip Tyler Smith, third Christopher Gallant and lead Brooks Roche.
The women’s team, from the Cornwall Curling Club, also includes skip Lauren Lenentine, third Kristie Rogers and second Breanne Burgoyne.