2:30 p.m., Dec. 11)
Hometown girl Homan heading to Winter Olympics
By Fred Sherwin
native and Cairine Wilson Secondary School alum Rachel
Homan is heading to the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang,
South Korea in February after winning the Roar of the
Rings Olympic Trials in Ottawa on Sunday.
reigning World Champion and three-time Scotties Tournament
of Hearts champion beat Alberta’s Chelsea Carey 6-5 in
Sunday’s final, earning the right to wear the Maple Leaf
at the Olympic Games along with teammates Emma Miskew,
Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle.
Homan (far left) with teammates Emma Miskew,
Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle following
their win at the Roar of the Rings Olympic
Trials on Sunday. PHOTO MICHAEL BURNS, CURLING
can’t wait to represent Canada with this Maple Leaf on
our back,” Homan said after the big win in front of n
enthusiatic hometown crowd. “We’re going to try and represent
Canada as best we can and we’re going to do ourselves
proud, our family, Ottawa and the whole country.”
stealing a point in the opening end of Sunday’s final
following a Carey miscue, Homan stole another point in
the second end to take an early 2-0 lead. The two teams
then traded points in the third, fourth and fifth ends
which left Homan with a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth
end where she took advantage of a missed shot to score
the first deuce of the game and extend her lead to 5-2.
responded with a deuce of her own in the seventh end to
once again make it a one-point game.
blanking the eighth end, Homan was forced to settle for
a single in the ninth end on a draw to the four-foot circle
against three Carey markers.
by two points, Homan forced Carey to attempt a difficult
double to tie the game in the 10th end. Instead, Cafrey
was only able to picked up a single, handing Homan the
win and the Olympic berth.
three members of the Homan rink the win was sweet redemption
after losing in the semi-finals at the 2013 Roar of the
Rings trials to Sherry Middaugh.
replaced former second Lynn Kreviazuk shortly after the
disappointing loss with the sole goal of helping the team
make it back to the trials and earn a berth in the Olympics.
so fortunate to get the chance to play (in the Olympic
Trials) let alone have this experience to play in front
of our hometown and be able to accomplish this together,”
Homan said about what the past week has been like playing
at the Canadian Tire Centre. “It’s been a long journey,
we’ve put in so much work together. It’s just an incredible
feeling to do this in Ottawa.”
grew up in the east end and played Little Rocks at the
Navan Curling Club in the late 90s and early 2000s. She
ended up joining forces with Miskew, who she played against
in Little Rocks, and together they went on to win four
straight Ontario bantam championships from 2003 to 2006
and a Canadian and World Junior Championship in 2010.
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