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Kathy Miles all in for run at curling title once she believed it was within grasp


Kathy Miles grew up watching her dad Bob Freeman throw stones in the friendly confines of a cold curling rink.

Kathy Miles, left, sweeps during a game Wednesday at the Corner Brook Curling Club with Lori Buckle-Stratton.
— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

She watched him hone his craft to the pinnacle of success as Freeman after he won back-to-back world senior men’s curling championships as a member of the Bas Buckle rink that also included Gerry Young and Harvey Holloway.

Miles has always had the support of her dad in a quiet way as she began throwing stones several years back, but she never shared the same competitive thirst for the game.

Three years ago, however, she found herself becoming more immersed in the game after she accepted an invitation from Susan Curtis to join her foursome for a run at some competiitive curling at the club level.

At that time, a curling tournament for club teams called The Dominion, which is now called the Travelers Curling Club Championship, was a relatively new concept.

Being able to compete against other club teams seemed more realistic for Miles so she was more than eager to join Curtis, who will be making her national debut as a skip.

Curtis, with Miles on board, lost in the final two years in a row before the group got the job done by winning the 2014 provincial curling club title back in March.

Winning that event was a special moment because Miles and company earned a trip to the 2014 national Travelers Curling Club Championship next week at the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax.

Losing twice in the final proved to be motivation for Miles to think about winning a trip to nationals. It wasn’t something so far-fetched as it was when she had taken a break from the sport for a couple of years before joining Curtis for the journey.

“Once we made it to the finals twice, we knew we could win so we just wanted to get that championship under our belt.”

It’s a special moment for her to be able to say she’s representing her province in her sport. She worked hard for it and nobody can take away the good feeling that came with winning with a group of girls she calls her friends.

The competition is expected to be fierce with some talented club teams standing in the way.

She’s realistic about what can unfold in Halifax. She said the goal is to play hard, have fun and try to be competitive against as many teams as they can.

There’s no pressure to shock anybody. She just wants to embrace the experience of playing in a national event like her dad had done on several occasions.

“It’s the first time for two of us so it could be once in a lifetime,” she said, noting it will be a special trip to share the ice with Buckle-Stratton because of the friendship their dads have from the sport.

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