It has been a crazy few weeks for Trevor Calvert.
The 22-year-old Carberry native was in Nova Scotia two weeks ago to cheer on his brother Braden as he skipped a team to a national junior men’s curling title and then was in Winnipeg last week as the fifth for Steen Sigurdson’s team that reached the playoff round at the Safeway Championship. On Saturday, Calvert will finally play in an event as he skips a team in the Westman mixed berth bonspiel in Souris.
After being a fan in the stands and on the ice, Calvert is looking forward to getting a chance to play again.
“I guess you can say I’ll be doing all three, three weekends in a row here; the supporter in the stands, the supporter on the team and now I’m going to be on my own team,” said Calvert, who will be skipping a foursome that features his girlfriend Alyssa Vandepoele, his father Grant Calvert and sister Kylee Calvert. “I’m just looking at going out and have a fun weekend and whatever happens, happens.”
Calvert has a history of curling competitively at the junior and university level — he was third for Sigurdson at the 2013 CIS championship — but is focusing on his last semester of school this year. He played in a men’s league in Carberry in the fall before moving back to Winnipegin January to finish his agribusiness degree at the University of Manitoba, and has been sparing in men’s leagues.
Calvert is thinking of getting back into competitive curling next year, and the mixed event in Souris is a great way to ease back into it. There are only six teams in the bonspiel — Ray Baker, Lee Robins, Don Chatham, Butch Mouck and Cory Lawson are skipping the other squads — and four of them will make it to provincials in Altona from March 20-23.
Calvert has earned a bye in the first round on Saturday and will only have to win one of his possible two games to qualify. It’s a situation Calvert is looking forward to and one he’s excited about sharing with his family.
“I think it’s going to be exciting and fun, no pressure,” he said. “Maybe we’ll be arguing with each other a little bit, I don’t know. Hopefully not.”
OLYMPICS: Former Brandonite Jill Officer and her women’s curling team skipped by Jennifer Jones will begin their quest for Olympic gold on Monday in Sochi, Russia. The Jones foursome, which also includes third Kaitlyn Lawes and lead Dawn McEwen, will open the event against China’s Bingyu Wang at 5 a.m. (TSN).
Former Brandonite Mike McEwen, who’s married to Dawn McEwen, will be blogging from Sochi for the Canadian Curling Association at www.curling.ca.
HIGH SCHOOL: Vincent Massey’s Kaitlyn Payette and her team of Alyssa Cooley, Shae Arnold and Catherine Beaupre will represent Zone 15 at the provincial high school girls’ curling championship in Rivers and Minnedosa from Feb. 20-22. Meanwhile, Neelin’s Quinlan Stouffer and Massey’s Cameron Beaupre will play at the Brandon Curling Club on Monday at 4 p.m., to determine the city’s boys representative.
JUNIOR CAMP: CurlManitoba will host a junior high-performance ID camp at the Brandon Curling Club on Feb. 16. The camp is open to curlers born between 1996 and 2002 who are interested in training year-round. Cost for the camp is $36.75. To register, email Connie Laliberte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SENIOR PROVINCIALS: The organizing committee for the senior provincials, which will be held at the Brandon Curling Club from Feb. 20-24, is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in working the door, being a timekeeper or selling 50/50s can contact the club at 204-726-3560.
EXTRA ENDS: The Silver Belles Bonspiel for women 60 and older will run Wednesday and Thursday at the Brandon Curling Club. Call Donna Vrooman at 204-726-5179, June Clark at 204-728-7482 or Marg Senkbeil at 204-728-3921 … Neepawa will host a youth mixed bonspiel on Feb. 15. Call Jeff Cook at 204-841-3309.