Memorial students skip to gold
by Jeff Green
A group of Memorial students made national headlines earlier this month as they did their home province and university proud.
The Stacie Devereaux curling rink was victorious at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships held in St. Catharines, Ont., Feb. 11, clinching the top prize for the women’s category.
Ms. Devereaux, 20, is a political science and French student here at Memorial and the skip for the team. She was joined by fellow Memorial students Stephanie Guzzwell, 19, a kinesiology student, as well as Sarah Paul, 21, a primary/elementary Education student, and her sister, Julie Devereaux, 18, a Grade 12 student at Holy Heart of Mary High School in St. John’s to win at the event.
They beat Manitoba by scoring three points to win 7-6 in the tenth end at the prestigious event.
Their triumph in the impressive match marks Newfoundland and Labrador’s first Canadian junior women’s title and the fifth national crown overall.
It’s the first national junior crown for this province since another well-known curler became the centre of attention Dr. Brad Gushue, who is a graduate of Memorial and received an honorary degree from the university last year, won the men’s title in 2001. Coincidentally, that win was also in St. Catharines.
Things won’t be slowing down for Ms. Devereaux and her teammates. They’ll represent Canada at the world junior curling championships which take place from March 3-11 in Eveleth, Minn.