The Brayden Snow and Katie Shaw rinks won the Syngenta 2020 P.E.I. under-18 curling championships at the Western Community Curling Club recently.
Snow and his team from the Charlottetown Curling Club defeated two-time defending-champion Mitchell Schut and his rink from Cornwall 5-3 in the boys’ title game. The Shaw team, out of the Cornwall Curling Club, defeated their clubmates, the Rachel MacLean foursome, also by a 5-3 score, in the girls’ final.
The Snow and Shaw rinks earned the right to represent P.E.I. at the Canadian under-18 championships in Sudbury, Ont., but Curling Canada announced Tuesday that the event was postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The nationals were scheduled for April 20 to 25.
Snow and Shaw had won their respective B and C divisions in the modified triple-knockout format, with Schut and MacLean winning the A sections. As they had won two divisions, a win in either of two championship-round games would have given Snow and Shaw the titles. They both took care of business with their first opportunity.
The Shaw rink, coached by David Murphy, also includes third stone Alexis Burris, second stone Lexie Murray and lead Meghan Sherren.
The David MacFadyen-coached Snow team includes third stone Jack MacFadyen, second stone Liam Barbrick and lead Davis Nicholson. Three members of the team also won the provincial under-16 championship this year.
Rounding out the MacLean foursome are third stone Lauren Ferguson, second stone Avery Nicholson and lead Izzy Tatlock. Sydney Howatt was the alternate for the rink coached by Pat Quilty and Carl Nicholson.
The Brenda MacMillan-coached Schut team included third stone Chase MacMillan, second stone Cruz Pineau and lead Liam Kelly.
Sportsmanship awards, as voted on by the curlers in the event, and a coaching award, as voted on by the coaches, were presented during the closing ceremonies. MacFadyen won the coaching honour while Beth Walsh from Cornwall’s Clara Jack team and Jack MacFadyen from Team Snow were presented with the sportsmanship awards.