Bishops student curls her way to Calgary
By Stephanie Dawe (Grade 11)
Grade 10 student Cindy Miller represented Newfoundland at the 1998 Karcher Junior Nationals in Calgary, Alberta, in early February. It was her first time ever at a national competition. But what makes it even sweeter is that this team was just newly put together, and had a perfect provincial championship record.
Miller's team was just put together this year, with the same third from last year, Kim Conway from Gonzaga, they composed a new team with Stephanie LeDrew from MacDonald Drive Elementary and Laura Strong who attends Memorial University. "It was really intimidating," says Miller. "I've watched these rinks win Nationals and go to the Worlds but this time I was actually playing with them! I met Meredith Doyle who won last year and came third in the Worlds! I even met Sandra Schmirler on her way to Nagano for the Olympics! It was really neat!" Miller's win at the provincials was unbelievable. Her team finished the tournament with a 6 and 0 unblemished record. Her last opponent at the provincials was a young team from Bally Haly in St. John's who sported shirts that read "You have to beat us to get to Calgary!" Cindy did just that and made her curling debut in Calgary.
"Everything was really big in Calgary. It was such a big deal! I couldn't believe that I was actually there!"
Cindy now faces her second curling challenge, the '99 Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook. Cindy hopes to do really well there and let her name be known throughout the curling community. Here's a little more pressure to do well, Cindy, you're the host rink!