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Send-Off Event Held for Team Derksen as They Prepare For Nationals

by Shanine Sealey

On Wednesday, January 25th, the community showed their support for Martensville Curling Club’s Team Derksen at a send-off event to celebrate them earning their spot in the U18 National Championships in Timmons, ON from February 5-11.

Team Derksen, the U18 Provincial Men’s Curling Champions, consists of Skip Dylan Derksen (17), third Logan Sawicki (17), second Tyler Derksen (14), lead Gavin Martens (16) and their coach Brad Kennedy.

“Three members of Team Derksen have been curling together for three years, and third Logan, who attended U18 Nationals last year, joined them for this season. They all come from curling families and have been curling individually between 6 and 10 years,” Kathie Derksen, Team Derksen Manager, explained.

The event saw numerous friends, family and fellow curlers attend and included speeches from CurlSask President Jim Wilson and Martensville Curling Club President Clint Dieno, socializing, cake, silent auction, 50/50 and raffle.

Through donations made from CurlSask and the Martensville Curling Club, as well as additional sponsors and proceeds earned from the send-off event, the team will have funds to help cover expenses for their journey such as hotel rooms, vehicle rentals, team clothing, meals and more. Flights will be covered through Curling Canada.

“Team Derksen is looking forward to putting on their green jackets and representing the great province of Saskatchewan. Other than third Logan and Coach Brad, this will be the first curling Nationals experience for the other team members,” Kathie Derksen said.

Following the Nationals, Dylan will be competing in the Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island, representing his home province, with his cousin Melissa Remeshylo as the first Team Saskatchewan in the inaugural mixed doubles discipline.

“Team Derksen would like to thank everyone for the incredible support they have received leading up to Nationals,” Kathie Derksen added.

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