A rink that features a pair of standouts from the Tunnel Town Curling Club has earned a prestigious award from Curl BC thanks to an outstanding 2020 season.
Team Taylor has been named U21 Team of the Year by the sport’s provincial organization. The rink includes Meredith Cole and Keira McCoy, both South Delta Secondary students. They are joined by the Taylor sisters, Jensen and Chelsea. The girls are coached by Christopher Summers and they split their practice time between the Royal City Curling Club and Tunnel Town.
Team Taylor proved that they can punch above their weight when they aged up to finish tied with the best record after round robin play and took the silver medal at the U21 provincials back in January. Although Team Taylor qualified for the U18 provincials, they were unable to compete as the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19.
One thing is clear is how this team has seized each competition and experience as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Participation in other sports has added to their physical conditioning and team sportsmanship.
Jensen plays high school girls’ ice hockey, Keira plays AAA field hockey and won a bronze medal in high school provincials with South Delta. Chelsea is also a competitive figure skater, completing Skate Canada Gold Level Dances.
With their rigorous schedules of high school, curling practices, part-time jobs, and various other extracurricular activities, there is little time left, but they have still made time to assist with Learn to Curl events, volunteer for various things at Tunnel Town Curling Club and assist with Royal City Juniors.
Each year Curl BC celebrates and honours those who have made outstanding contributions to curling in BC. Although there is no awards banquet this year due to the pandemic, Team Taylor will be presented their award in the near future at their club.