Deaves, a 23-year-old Cape St. George native, was a promising junior curler at the Caribou Curling Club when she won the 2010 provincial U17 women’s curling championship as a member of the Amanda Rumboldt foursome.
She would go on to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax as a member of the Carolyn Suley foursome that also included Corner Brook’s Charlotte Woolfrey.
All those fun times haven’t been forgotten, but Deaves hasn’t been able to find her way back on the ice for a couple of years because she moved to Ottawa in 2012 to further her education.
“I went to Ottawa for my schooling and it just didn’t work with my schedule up there, and it kind of just fell apart when I moved home,” Deaves said Wednesday afternoon.
She returned home in 2014 and now works full-time at Queen Street Dental in Stephenville as a dental hygienist thanks to her schooling in the nation’s capital.
She admits a constant battle with a knee injury kept her away from the game, but the 40-minute commute from Cape St. George to Stephenville every day has also been a big factor in why she’s not a familiar face on the local curling scene anymore.
“So it makes for really long days,” she said.
She’s only 23, so it’s not like she’s too old to get back in the groove.
She admits she misses the game, and will never give up hope that she will find her way back there.
Playing the game again would be nice, but she’s also interested in giving back to a sport that was so good to her when she was immersed in it as a competitive athlete.
Being able to lend a helping hand with the junior curling program in Stephenville is something she wants to do so it remains to be seen if life presents that opportunity for her.
For now, she watches curling on television and still has a lot of friends throwing stones so she’s somewhat in the loop, but nothing like it used to be.
For now, she will just remember all the good times and hope that more will follow one day down the road.