One local athlete has been chosen as part of ‘The Elite Twelve’, a competition for Saskatoon’s top athletes to showcase their abilities and their commitment to the community. Athletes from ages 14-25 that are involved in any sport can either apply or be nominated for the program. Each athlete’s story will be showcased and members of the community has 48 hours to vote for their favorite. The winner will receive $1500 cash and each of the Elite Twelve will receive a cash prize.
Brayden Grindheim, a 16 year old curler from Martensville, was one of the chosen for the Elite Twelve. Grindheim moved to Martensville when he was in grade three and is currently attending grade 10 at Martensville High School.
From a young age Brayden took an interest in curling, learning how to competitively curl at only six years old. Since then, he has had numerous accomplishments such as; 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games Gold Medalist in North Battleford, second place in the 2018-19 Canada Winter Games Trails in North Battleford and second place in the 2019 U18 Provincial Championship in Regina.
With his dad being a big influence in his curling careers, Brayden dreams of some day representing his province at a national event and winning the Brier. Currently playing as lead on Bernath Team, if he wins, Grindheim plans to use the $1500 to invest in gym equipment at home, mental training programs and physical training.
Grindheim has been involved with the Martensville High School Curling Team as well as the Martensville Curling Club for some time and has helped out with the Junior Program, aiding younger children and teaching them the fundamentals of the sport. “Excellent role model for our juniors! Congrats Brayden, proud to call you one of our own,” the Martensville Curling Club stated on their Facebook page.
Photo caption: Martensville athlete Brayden Grindheim is part of the Elite Twelve, a competition for Saskatchewan’s top athletes. The 16 year old curler has accomplished numerous achievements throughout his curling career. (The Elite Twelve Facebook page)