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Curlers sweep up silver medals

By Jeff Green | March 12, 2007

It was a big weekend for a group of undergraduate Memorial students who gave it their all at a prestigious sporting event.

The Stacie Devereaux rink won silver at the World Junior Curling Championships in Eveleth, Minn. on Saturday, after narrowly losing to Scotland 7-6 in 11 ends.

The team is made up three Memorial students: Ms. Devereaux, 20, is a political science and French student; Stephanie Guzzwell, 19, a kinesiology student; and Sarah Paul, 21, a primary/elementary Education student. Ms. Devereaux’s sister, Julie, 18, is a Grade 12 student at Holy Heart of Mary High School in St. John’s.

Denmark won bronze on the weekend.

The Devereaux rink advanced to the world games after capturing first place at Canadian Junior Curling Championships held in St. Catharines, Ont. That triumph marked this province’s first Canadian junior women’s title and the fifth national crown overall.

Meanwhile, another group of well-known curlers from this province also had a busy weekend. Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols and Jamie Korab – all honorary degree recipients from Memorial – lost to Ontario’s Glenn Howard at the 2007 Tim Horton’s Brier championships in Ontario. The Gushue rink was joined by Chris Schille. Ontario beat this province 10-6 in the final.