Sandy Hook and Gimli came together to win the Manitoba Mixed Doubles Curling Provincials at the Charleswood Curling Club Feb. 16 to 18. Colton Lott, 22, of Sandy Hook and his girlfriend Kadriana Sahaidak, 18, of Gimli, beat out 26 other teams and are now headed to the 2018 Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Leduc, Alta Mar. 28 to Apr. 1, to wear the buffalo on their backs.
It will be Sahaidak’s second competitive game, as the provincial tournament was her first time playing competitively, though she has played non-competitively for seven years.
“I just love playing for the love of the sport,” Sahaiduk said, having been inspired by her friends and her older brother, Kael, to get into the sport.
Now that she won the provincial title during her first shot at competing, she feels like anything is possible.
“It would be a dream to compete in the Olympics for Canada. Definitely a top dream for me,” she siad.
She and Lott came out on top in eight out of 10 games over the weekend. Kristy Watling and Hayden Forrester their toughest competetors, giving them a run for their money twice. “We lost to them, it was close.” Sahaidak said. “Then we had to play them in the semis, we ended up stealing in the last end and we won against them.”
The other team they felt the heat from was Beth Peterson and Rob Gordon, whom they played and lost to about half way through the weekend.
Lott, an apprentice carpenter who grew up in and is still living in Sandy Hook has been curling for 15 years and competing for 12. He first teamed up with Sahaidak, who works in retail, last year for a bonspiel.
“The highlight was not only winning the provincial, but getting Kadriana’s first ever (competitive) win in.” Lott said of coming out on top at the mixed doubles championships.
As curlers pay for these events out of their own pocket, Lott and Sahaidak will be hosting a send-off social to help raise funds for the trip. The social will include a dance, 50/50 and a silent auction at the Winnipeg Beach Rec Centre March 10 from 8 p.m. to1 a.m.
To help support the duo get to the nationals in Alberta at the end of March, you can contact them through their Facebook event page titled “Send Off Social” or call Sahaidak at 204-641-5174, or Lott 204-641-2568. Tickets are $10 each.