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Help BC deaf women’s team on way to Canadian championship

A team of women curlers from BC will be taking part in the Canada Deaf Games in Winnipeg in February.

This is the first time in five years that BC is putting together a deaf women’s team for a Canadian championship.

The team is hoping to raise $2,000 for the trip to Winnipeg from February 21-24, 2018. They have set up a Go Fund Me page for the trip.

The team members have various levels of experience. Cecilia Tung is a long-time member of Vancouver Curling Club and has been curling since 2003. She travelled to the third World Deaf Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia, as a fifth player for Team Canada last season and won the bronze after a nail-biter game with Hungary.

Olga Frolova was on the Russian Deaf Curling squad of six players and only five players were selected to go to the Deaflympics 2015 and she was the sixth. She also took up competitive karate and excels at it.

Tracey Serena (formerly Miki) has familial connections to the game of curling. Her father, Fuji Miki, a former BC Men’s champion, used to coach the Japanese Women’s Curling team for 16 years and Tracey’s son, Tyler Proctor, plays at the BC Junior level.

Olga Lyskovich is also on the team. She is from Ukraine but has been living here for a long time. She loves curling and curls when she can. She represented BC Team at Canada Deaf Games 2012.

Julia Szefer is another team member who just graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She was on the BC team before she went to University. Unfortunately, she was not able to curl in Washington as the closest rink is an hour away.

Hester Hussey is a long-time player that also may get rotated into the team and an avid team supporter. She was a BC Champion a few times and also a National Champion twice.

Team Manager, Eric Nielson, said: “If we win the Canada Deaf Games, we will be going to the Winter Deaflympics in 2019 (Location TBA later this month – possibly somewhere around in Europe), but of course, we will take one step at a time and that is to focus on winning the Canada Deaf Games.”

The team is practicing 2 or 3 times a week at various curling clubs (Vancouver Curling Club, Royal City and Marpole) and entered the Vancouver Harvest Bonspiel recently. It was their first bonspiel after a few practices together.

Nielson said they started off shakily but improved after a lineup change. “They felt more confident in themselves and they want to practice more.”

The team is looking to raise $2,000 towards airfare, hotel and some travel expenses for the trip to Winnipeg. A fundraising poker game is planned for January (TBA).

Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/bc-deaf-women-curling-team

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