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Rebecca Roberts excited about throwing stones again

Being able to throw rocks in a competitive environment is certainly worth a return home to her native province for Rebecca Roberts.

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Kippens native Rebecca Roberts is looking forward to a season of competitive curling with a St. John’s junior women’s rink that also includes former teammate and Kippens native Chantal Newell.

The Kippens native is the skip for a new junior women’s curling rink at the ReMax Centre in St. John’s where she is joined by former teammate Chantal Newell of Kippens and St. John’s curlers Sydney Parsons and Lauren Barron, all of whom played for the province’s women’s curling team at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Roberts and Newell teamed up to win the provincial under-18 women’s curling title in 2014 and represented the province at the Atlantic tournament where they lost in the bronze-medal showdown.

Roberts moved away to Toronto to attend the University of Toronto so she was removed from competitive curling since throwing stones in the Atlantic championship. She was unsuccessful in her attempt to make the University of Toronto women’s curling team so she was limited to throwing stones when she came home for visits last winter.

The team has been limited to a few ends together as a group because of their hectic school schedules, but Roberts was really encouraged by the way the group meshed together at a major Grand Slam of Curling event in Paradise knowing full well they had never thrown a rock together and held their own.

She liked how she felt about her game since the long layoff, but more importantly she liked the way everybody was able to get along and work as a team.

“It really feels like I never left, which I kind of expected, but at the same time I was a little nervous. I mean, I’m curling with two new girls, so I knew it would be different,” Roberts said. “But, it really does feel natural.”

Roberts, who will celebrate her 19th birthday Nov. 2, is in her first year of studies at Memorial University, but it’s her second year of studying towards a bachelor of arts degree majoring in both English and history.

Throwing rocks is what she plans on doing when she’s not hitting the books.

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