Curlers from every province and territory have gathered in Swift Current for the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship this week, including one of the most well-known curlers to come from Canada’s north.
Jamie Koe, who has represented the Northwest Territories at 16 Canadian Men’s Curling Championships, is competing at his ninth Mixed Championship, and third in a row with his lineup that includes Brier teammate Cole Parsons at second, three-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts competitor Margot Flemming at third, and Meghan Koehler throwing lead stones.
“We got the bronze medal with this lineup two years in a row, so we’re looking to improve on that, obviously... we’ve got our eye on the gold,” Koe said after Team NWT’s win over British Columbia on Monday night.
Koe says, so far, he’s had a great experience playing in Swift Current.
“You see the crowds here when Saskatchewan is out, it’s just amazing.” he said. “On Sunday, it was pretty full in here, tonight it’s pretty full, and even this afternoon. It’s just great here. A great crowd, great setup and great venue, it’s going to be a pleasure.”
Koe’s team is first in Pool B with a 3-0 record heading into action on Tuesday, where they’ll face 2-0 Manitoba in their only game of the day at 2:00pm.
Other games on Tuesday have Manitoba taking on New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador battling Alberta, Ontario facing Northern Ontario, and PEI taking on Nova Scotia in the morning draw at 10:00am. Shaun Meachem and Team Saskatchewan faces Terry Miller of Yukon in the afternoon draw along with Nunavut taking on BC and Northern Ontario facing Quebec. The evening draw at 6:00pm has PEI taking on Ontario, Alberta facing Nunavut, Nova Scotia battling Yukon, and Newfoundland & Labrador facing New Brunswick.