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Stephenville’s Kyle Barron wants to end junior curling career with trip to nationals

Stephenville native Kyle Barron is shown here in action at the 2017 provincial junior curling championships in this Star file photo.
Stephenville native Kyle Barron is shown here in action at the 2017 provincial junior curling championships in this Star file photo. - The Western Star

Kyle Barron wants to finish his junior curling career the way he started it.

He wants to win his third provincial junior men’s curling rink and represent Newfoundland and Labrador on the national stage for a third time.

After winning the provincial Under-18 men’s curling championship in 2014 as skip for a Caribou Curling Club foursome, the 21-year-old Stephenville native won back-to-back provincial junior men’s curling titles as a member of the Greg Smith foursome.

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Now, this year, Barron and fellow Stephenville curler Craig Laing have joined forces with defending provincial junior men’s curling champ skip Greg Blyde of St. John’s and third Liam Gregory with hopes of wrapping up his junior journey with a trip to nationals.

“I definitely want to go out with a bang,” Barron said from St. John’s earlier this week.

Curling is a passion for Barron. It’s his favourite thing to do.

He throws stones every chance he gets while facing a busy academic life as he prepares to graduate from Memorial University in 2018 with an applied math degree.

Barron receives a helping hand in his desire to be among the elite in the sport. He has been fortunate enough to be chosen one of six Spirit of Sandra Scholars for the past two years which provided him with $5,000 with half going towards costs of curling travel and equipment and the other 50 per cent covering expenses related to tuition and books.

Curling is Barron’s baby. He’s willing to put in all the effort required to make it happen.

He’s anxious to throw the first stone when the provincial junior men’s curling championship takes place Dec. 17-22 at the Gander Curling Club.

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