Amy Remeshylo is a member of the Martensville Curling Club and has been an avid curler for the past ten years. Beginning in the Junior League in Martensville, Remeshylo has become a familiar face on the ice and has been curling competitively for the past five years.
With both sides of her family big fans of the sport, Remeshylo says it was natural for her to be a curler as well. “I was hesitant about trying curling when I was younger, but I’ve learned to love many of the aspects of it, including the strategy, emphasis on personal improvement, competition and strong connections to teammates, family and even opponents,” Remeshylo said.
As with other sports, dedication is a huge part of self-improvement, which is why Remeshylo practices at least once a week with her team, and spends many hours on the ice between games every week in Saskatoon with her Junior team, a family team that plays once a week in Martensville and regular weekend bonspiels.
Remeshylo and her team, which consists of Second Marlyse Steckler, Third Kelsey Sommerfeld, and Lead Rebecca Fitzsimmons, qualified for the U21 Provincials earlier this month, which will take place at the Sutherland Curling Club in Saskatoon from December 27-January 1.
Although this is the first year that the four ladies have played on a team together, they are far from strangers to one another. Remeshylo has played alongside Steckler for the past three years and with Fitzsimmons in previous years. Although Remeshylo and Sommerfeld have not played as teammates previously, they have known each other as opponents for years.
In order to qualify for provincials, two triple-knockout Qualification Bonspiels are held (Q-spiels), where a team must lose three games to be out of the competition. “There are three draws; A, B and C; and teams that lose a game drop down to the lower draw. The C has two qualifiers that come out of it, and the A and B both have one qualifier, for a total of four qualifying teams from each Q-spiel. We qualified out of the first Q-spiel, so we did not have to compete in the second,” Remeshylo explained.
Congratulations to Team Remeshylo and good luck in Provincials!
ABOVE: From L to R – Skip- Amy Remeshylo (Warman), Third- Kelsey Sommerfeld (Allan), Second- Marlyse Steckler (Colonsay), Lead- Rebecca Fitzsimmons (Colonsay) and Coach- Cheryl Boechler (Saskatoon)