CORNER BROOK Amanda Rumboldt will find out soon enough how she stacks up with female curlers her age from coast to coast.
© Geraldine Brophy
Amanda Rumboldt will be going to the national junior curling championships this week.
She just wishes her participation didn’t mean leaving the side of her much older and wiser championship teammates poised to defend the crown.
One of the top budding female curlers in the province, Rumboldt would love to be able to be in two places at one time, but even she can’t pull that one off.
She would have been a fixture in the lead position for the Corner Brook Curling Club’s Kenny Young foursome set to defend its provincial mixed curling championship next week in the city if she had her way.
However, Rumboldt won the provincial junior women’s curling crown as the third on the Erin Suley rink out of the ReMax Centre in St. John’s earlier this year and the national tournament for junior curlers is being held at the same time as the mixed event in her back yard.
“I wish it didn’t happen and I’m going to miss curling with them, but I made them promise that I could curl with them next year,” Rumboldt said during a break in classes at Grenfell earlier this week.
No doubt, she will miss being around to defend a provincial title, but she also wants to embrace an opportunity to play against women her age because most of her active curling slate the last couple of years has been focused on mixed curling with more experienced teammates.
The petite 20-year-old wants to make the most of her first and last junior nationals.
She got her first taste of national exposure last year as the youngest member of the Young foursome, but now wants to see what it’s like going up against those in her age group.
She has, after all, been pretty good at beating some older curlers and her teammates don’t have a problem with it obviously.
“I’m really excited to play against people my own age. It’s my last year for junior so it really means a lot that I won in my last year,” she said.
Always one to take a positive from every experience on the ice, Rumboldt still has her feet on the ground despite her success.
She wants to do what she does best — “give it my best effort every game.
“I’ll be happy with just curling my best and it would be nice to place near the top, obviously, but I mean as long as we do our best I’m not really concerned,” she said.