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Hunt uncertain about curling future as he wraps up Masters degree

Matthew Hunt is ready to give his brain a break from the books, but it also means his hectic life on the curling front will take a back seat for now.

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Mattew Hunt still loves spending time throwing stones, but won't be fully immersed in the sport like he's been for so long.

The Corner Brook native has been throwing stones with a number of St. John’s rinks for the past few years since graduating from the junior curling program at the Corner Brook Curling Club, but now his mind is on finding gainful employment.

Hunt, who will turn 25 Oct. 29, expects to finish up his Master’s degree in physics at Memorial University by the end of the month and look for a job so he can’t commit to a team for the long haul this season.

“I’ve been pretty flat out with my Masters right now it’s been keeping me on my toes sort of speak,” Hunt said Tuesday from the capital city. “I’m almost done now so it’s a bit of a relief here now.”

He has played the game on the junior level, played in the Travelers Curling Club Championship and suited up for the provincial men’s curling championship in the past few years.

He loves to throw stones. It’s something that defined him as a young man and he had a lot of fun and met a lot of good people.

He will throw stones a couple of times per week at the ReMax Centre in St. John’s and will entertain a role as a spare, but he won’t be fully immersed in the sport like he’s been for so long.

He has talked to a few people about playing this year, but he told all hands that if he gets a call to go away it will be a simple response of “when do I leave.”

As he gets ready to enter the workforce, he knows his days for throwing stones on a competitive scene may behind him and he’s not sure how he will handle that reality.

“It’s going to be weird. I would have more time on my hands than I’ve ever had and I won’t know what to do with it all,” he said.

If he has to pull up stakes, he only has one wish.

“Hopefully, wherever I am there’s a curling club,” he said with a hearty chuckle.

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