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Team Sato takes gold at 2019 Canada Winter Games

Team BC’s Canada Winter Games men’s curling team, Team Sato, was victorious over the weekend in Red Deer, Alberta, winning 7-2 over Ontario in the final draw. This is the first time that a BC men’s curling team has won gold at the Canada Winter Games.

The Royal City Curling Club team comprised of Hayato Sato, Joshua Miki, Dawson Ballard and Troy Chong only lost one game in Red Deer, a 6-3 round robin match against Manitoba. Team BC finished at the top of their pool to progress straight to the semifinals, where they once again faced Manitoba. However, this time they came out on top, winning 6-5 in an extra end.

In the final game, Team BC got on the board first with two points, but was tied 2-2 with Team Ontario going into the seventh end.

Photo by Team BC/Bogetti Smith

“In the third end our skipper (Sato) made a huge double, run-double and bailed us out again and then he made that cross-house double coming back towards the glass (in the fourth end). He really bailed us out there a few ends,” Miki told reporters.

While they gave up two points in the sixth, Team BC secured the win with an incredible five points in the seventh end.

In addition to winning gold, Chong was also presented with the Team BC Athlete Excellence Award, which is a $2500 bursary awarded to one male athlete and one female athlete at the Canada Games.

“It’s such an honour to receive this award, considering there are so many athletes in BC who are amazing,” said Chong. “Although there are many athletes from different sports, we are all here for one common goal, which is to represent BC and to hopefully bring back some hardware for our home province.”

Comox Valley Curling Club’s Team Richards, comprised of Gracelyn Richards, Chanelle Meeres, Keelie Duncan and Bryn Woloshyn, represented BC in the women’s curling competition, finishing with a 3-7 record.

Both Team Sato and Team Richards will now be turning their attention to the 2019 BC U18 Curling Championships, which is taking place March 12 to 17 at Juan de Fuca Curling Centre.

More information on the Canada Winter Games can be found here and here.

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