TRURO – Lindsey and Karlee Burgess are world junior women curling champions.
The two Colchester County cousins were part of skip Kaitlyn Jones’ rink that returned March 11 from Scotland where they represented Canada. They beat Sweden 7-4 in the championship final to capture the 2018 title. Besides the Burgess cousins (Lindsey was the lead; while Karlee was second), the rink also includes third Kristin Clarke and fifth Lauren Lenentine from the Cornwall Curling Club in P.E.I. She was the team’s alternate for the competition.
Karlee Burgess and Clarke were members of Team Mary Fay who represented Canada and came home with gold in 2016. This time around, the experience from winning then helped give the team that extra knowledge they needed.
As the final result became official, the team was excited for the finish however one may not have realized it. The team was cool and calm.
Jones was speechless when asked her thoughts on the team’s success.
“I don’t know what to say,” she said after arriving at Halifax Stanfield Airport to a throng of supporters.
“It’s indescribable,” chimed in Clarke. “I don’t think it has really sunk in for any of us. Maybe in a few weeks we’ll finally wake up and be like “holy cow, we actually won this.””
As they came down the domestic arrival escalator and through the security doors, the team was greeted by some bell ringing and cheering – even from their parents who came down prior to the team and their coach, Andrew Atherton.
Sweden beat the Canucks in the round-robin in a close game. The team used that as a starting point as to what they needed to do in the final.
“We played really well against them the first time, so we knew if we came out playing as well in the final as we did the previous time that we would have a chance,” said Jones, who moved to N.S. from Saskatchewan a year ago. “We just had to make a couple more shots and played really good in the final.”
Karlee Burgess said the experience for her and Clarke helped the team as a whole.
“I think our team dynamic this year was really strong,” she said. “We knew out on the ice that everyone could pick each other up. I think that was huge for our success.”