Men’s victory at the Bonspiel

The men’s curling team has been sweeping the competition lately – in more ways than one.

Men's curling team

On February 15th, the Warriors competed in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) curling semi-finals in Guelph. This bonspiel – or curling tournament – had the potential to send UWaterloo into greatness. Rankings in OUA play-offs determine which universities are eligible to participate in Canada’s national curling competition.

In a close match, our men’s curling team won 4-3 against Queen’s University. This win propelled them to nationals which will take place next month and earned them the Ontario silver medal just behind Wilfred Laurier’s Golden Hawks.  

Edward Moore, a student in Civil & Environmental Engineering, is the “lead” on the five-member team. He credits the Warriors’ victory to their teamwork on the ice.

The main thing that led us to a win against Queen’s was our teamwork. We were all playing well and making key shots and our communication on the ice was great. We stayed focused and took it one shot at a time.

Curling The team is excited to compete in the Canadian University Curling Championships, which is jointly organized by the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) organization and Curling Canada. Yet Moore isn’t about to let the pressure get to him:

I treat all games the same way no matter how big or small they may be. For me, the most important thing before a game is being mentally ready. I try to get myself relaxed and shake off any nerves. I try not to think about the outcome of the game and instead I get myself into the mindset of playing one shot at a time.

John Willsey, a 2B Civil Engineering student is the team’s “Skip.” His job is to determine game strategy, direct plays, and deliver the last pair of stones. His strategy is similar to Moore’s:

Mental and physical training is the same as any other game. Pre-tournament practices consist of individual practice, throwing rocks on my own as well as getting in the gym 2-3 times per week. Mentally it is just about sticking to the game plan, staying in the moment, and before the game just envisioning a good performance rather than an outcome.

Team members with silver medalsMoore’s advice to prospective student athletes is relevant to many challenges, not just curling ones.

Things aren’t always going to go your way and you’re going to lose before you win. Just be patient and find a way to enjoy the experiences you encounter.

Congratulations on your Ontario medal, guys, and good luck in Kelowna!

The UWaterloo team consists of John Willsey, Matt Allan, Connor Brady, Edward Moore and James Harris. The 2016 national competition winner will represent Canada at the 2017 Winter Universiade Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 

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