North, a 33-year-old former city resident who has called Iqaluit home for the past eight years, participated in the 2016 national Travelers Club Curling Championship in Kelowna, B.C. this past week as a member of the Nunavut entry in the women’s championship.
She threw her first stone five years ago when she picked up the sport as something to keep her busy from a recreational perspective in her new surroundings.
North and company only had a few practices together before heading to Kelowna to take on the best club rinks from coast to coast. An opportunity to attend the 2016 Travelers tournament popped up when several of Nunavut’s competitive curlers opted to play in the mixed division this year.
North wanted to play so they formed a team knowing full well they would be up against some tough competition.
She didn’t have any care or concern over the fact her team was beaten pretty handily and never won a game in six tries.
“We’re just here for the experience and we’re going to try to keep the team together so we can come back in a couple of years,” said North.
Kept busy with her job in economic development with the Government of Nunavut and proud mom of daughter Scottlyn, who turns 1 on Monday, North is having fun being on the ice and never worries about what the scoreboard says at the end of the game.
She missed out on a chance to curl with her parents when she lived in Corner Brook, but this city will always be home to her because her daughter was born here and she comes back at least twice a year.
She only has one goal when it comes to curling: “One day I will curl in Corner Brook with my parents,” she said.