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Curtis battling severe head cold with Travelers tournament on the horizon


Despite dealing with some physical challenges, Susan Curtis is upbeat about throwing stones for her province on the national stage.

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Susan Curtis, seen here in action in this file photo, and her team will be heading to Kelowna Saturday to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2016 national Travelers Curling Club Championship being staged next week in British Columbia.

Curtis is the skip for the Corner Brook Curling Club foursome that is representing Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2016 national Travelers Curling Club Championship being staged Nov. 20-26 at the Kelowna Curling Club in beautiful British Columbia.

“I’ve been sick for the last month so I’m not sure how my health is going to hold up,” Curtis said Wednesday afternoon.

Curtis has been battling a severe head cold for over a month. It took a lot of energy out of her to even talk about the coast-to-coast trek she will take with second Kathy Miles, lead Sigrid Fitzpatrick and third Pat Spracklin.

While she tries to get herself back to health, there’s also some concern about Miles, who is suffering some whiplash after falling on the ice.

It’s not the ideal situation, but Curtis is quick to point out the girls are focused on being competitive against the top curling club teams in the country and plan on doing it with a smile on their face.

This group is known for its easy-going approach to the game. They like to smile and laugh because they just love being on the ice together.

“I think that helps take the stress away from the high intensity of the game and it allows us to relax and really enjoy being out on the ice,” she said.

Curtis and Miles will be making their second appearance at the Travelers. They represented the province at the this bonspiel two years ago in Halifax with Amanda Rumboldt and Lori Buckle-Stratton the other members of the provincial championship rink that season.

Two years ago, Curtis finished 2-4 record, so this year the plan is to focus on being competitive and enjoy the moment knowing full well that the Travelers event is one that any team has a chance of winning if they get a few breaks along the way.

“It’s anyone’s game … depending on how quickly you pick up the ice and how well you execute anything can happen,” she said.

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