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(Posted:6:30 a.m., March 8)
Orléans skip hopes to win medal of a different colour at World Curling Championships

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans skip Rachel Homan has been a winner most of her young life. Since getting involved in curling 12 years ago, the 24-year-old former Navan Curling Club member has won four provincial bantam championships, a Canada Winter Games gold medal, a national junior championship and now two Canadian women's championships.

The one title that has so far eluded Homan and teammates Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle is a world title. They finished second at the World Junior Championship in 2010 and third at the World Curling Championships last year.

Team Homan is hoping third time's the charm as they prepare for their second straight appearance at the World Curling Championships which get underway next week in St. John, New Brunswick.

The foursome is coming off a record breaking performance at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts during which they established a new team mark for shooting percentage and extending their Scotties winning streak to 18 games dating back to the 2012 tournament.

"We're definitely playing with confidence. We're all playing really well and we're looking forward to worlds," said Homan at a send-off party held for the team on Wednesday nght at the Ottawa Curling Club.

Saint John is a world away from Riga, Latvia where last year's championships were held.

Homan is looking forward to playing in front of home crowd.

"We love all the support. It's great to hear everyone cheering and making a lot of noise. We feed off the alll the energy," said Homan.

The Homan foursome went 9-2 in round robin play at last year's world championships. They then beat the U.S. in the 2-3 Page playoff game, but were unable to get past Scotland in the semi-final and had to settle for bronze after beating the U.S. a second time.

The team responsible for Homan's demise won't be at this year's championship. Eve Muirhead skipped the Scotish national champiionship to compete at the Olympics.

Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle will be going for gold when they take part in the 2014 World Women's Curling Championship in St. John, New Brunswick next week. File photo

(Posted:6:30 a.m., March 8)

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