Kaila Buchy competing in BC Junior Curling Championships
B.C.’s top junior curling teams are preparing to compete for the chance to represent the province at nationals, including Kimberley resident Kaila Buchy’s rink.
The 2020 BC Junior Curling Championships are taking place at Victoria Curling Club and run Dec. 28 to Jan. 2.
Rising talent Buchy, coached by father Tom, is no stranger to high level competition, playing as a third on a mixed area team that won the 2018 B.C. Championships and then competed in the Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships in New Brunswick.
It is an exciting year for B.C. teams because the top junior women’s team and the two top junior men’s teams will represent B.C. at national championships taking place in Langley. The junior men were offered that second berth as a result of Nunavut withdrawing from the competition. The New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships take place from Jan. 18-26 at the George Preston Recreation Centre and Langley Curling Club.
There are eight junior men’s teams and eight junior women’s team representing many parts of the province, including Kimberley, Kamloops, Delta, Maple Ridge, Langley, Kelowna, Vernon, Grand Forks, Vancouver, Port Moody, Nanaimo, Comox, Parksville, New Westminster, Richmond, Gibsons, Duncan and Victoria.
Competing in Junior Women, Team Buchy (Kimberley/Kelowna/Vernon), features Skip Kaila Buchy; Third Jaelyn Cotter; Second Katelyn McGillivray; Lead Cassidy Schwaerzle; Fifth Samantha Mclaren; and Coach Tom Buchy.
Lead image: Team BC shares a laugh at the 2018 Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships in St. Andrews, N.B. Left to right: coach Jim Cotter, skip Jaelyn Cotter, third Kaila Buchy, second Katelyn McGillivray and lead Cassidy Schwaerzle (Curling Canada/Mark Finley photo)