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March 3, 2006 - Saskatchewan Junior Curlers to learn from Canada's Best

March 3, 2006

Saskatchewan Junior Curlers to learn from Canada's Best

Twelve Saskatchewan junior curlers will be on the ice with Canada's best male curlers at the 2006 Tim Hortons Brier March 11-19, in Regina.

The twelve young people are the lucky winners of the SaskEnergy Adopt-A-Junior contest. SaskEnergy launched the contest in December 2005, as a way to give young Saskatchewan curlers, aged 11 to 19, the chance to be an honourary fifth member of one of the twelve national teams competing in the Brier.

The winners were unveiled today at the Tartan Curling Club in Regina:

Ashton Kallechy (Beechy Curling Club) - Team Manitoba

Amy Adair (Tartan Curling Club) - Team Alberta

Gregory Shiplack (Montmartre Curling Club) - Team Saskatchewan

Chris Collins (Lumsden Curling Club) - Team Prince Edward Island

Jillian Dukart (Lampman Curling Club) - Team North Ontario

Jessica Brost (Maple Creek Curling Club) - Team British Columbia

Trevor Donison (Tartan Curling Club) - Team Newfoundland

David Carnegie (Tartan Curling Club & Creelman Curling Club) - Team Nova Scotia

Melissa Huys (Tartan Curling Club) - Team Ontario

J.D. Cole (Gainsborough Curling Club) - Team Yukon/North West Territories

Aaron Lindgren (Watrous Curling Club) - Team Quebec

Kelsey Dutton (Gull Lake and District Curling Club) - Team New Brunswick

Close to one hundred junior curlers from around the province entered the Adopt-A-Junior contest hoping to be selected as an honourary fifth member of one of the teams. As part of the contest, the juniors submitted short essays describing why they should be selected. Many of the juniors described their participation at their local curling clubs, their favorite teams and players, and their goal to one day become a competitive curler.

"SaskEnergy and its employees have become particularly fond of this project," said Leslie Gosselin, Manager of Advertising and Community Relations for SaskEnergy. "We know that Saskatchewan youth showcase an unbelievable amount of talent and a determination that deserves to be rewarded. It's not everyday that you can assist in making a dream a reality. It will truly be a memorable experience for everyone involved."

As honourary fifth members of one of the teams, each junior curler will take to the ice and practice with his or her designated team, receive a team-coloured jacket, a photo with the players and receive two tickets to one of the team's round robin draws.

"This is the chance of a lifetime!" said Bernadette McIntyre, President of the 2006 Tim Hortons Brier. "Not only will these curlers be spending time with Canada's best, but they will gain experience in being at a major competition. It can only boost their passion for the sport and create awareness about curling amongst other young people of Saskatchewan."

For more information, please contact:

Dave Burdeniuk 
Manager of Communications
Phone: 306.777.9842 or 306.535.6569 (cell)
E-mail: dburdeniuk@saskenergy.com