SILVER LINING – Chantele Broderson

SILVER LINING – Chantele Broderson

Local curler wins silver medal at U18 optimist Internationals

A local curler had a chance to showcase her skills last week at the 2015 U18 Optimist Internationals.

Chantele Broderson, 17, represented Alberta and skipped her team to a silver medal at the international curling tournament.

The Optimist U18 International Curling Championships were held from April 1st-5th in Edmonton. Teams from across Canada, the United States and Japan competed.

The championships were held partly at the Jasper Place Curling Club and the Saville Community Centre, which is Broderson’s home club for the season.

Appearing as Team Alberta, Team Broderson, skipped by Broderson, with Kate Goodhelpsen as third, Brenna Bilassy at second, Madysan Theroux as lead, were matched up against 12 teams from all over North America and beyond, many of which they hadn’t previously met on ice, which added to the excitement.

“It really was fun to meet all of the other people and face many different opponents,” she said of the championships. “We made a lot of friends.”

Team Alberta went undefeated in their pool playing draws against Manitoba, Maryland, Newfoundland, B.C, and Japan, landing a 5-0 record in the round robin.

“We didn’t have any runaway games,” said Broderson. “We played a few really close games and played two extra ends.”

In the semi-final, Team Alberta went on to beat Team Quebec, playing an extensive extra end. It was again down to the wire in the final game, but Team Alberta came up a little short losing 4-1 to Ontario.

“In the last one, we missed a few too many shots,” said Broderson.

The team well represented the province and walked away at the end of their season with some solid hardware, a silver medal and an inspiring 6-1 record.

This was the last juvenile competition (under 18) that Broderson would attend as next year she will be playing at the junior age level and likely with a brand new team.

This season Broderson was invited to join the University of Alberta (U of A) pre-varsity team specifically as a skip, slotted in to replace the previous team skip Danielle Schmiemann.

Last year, the U of A team saw Broderson compete with her Lacombe-based team at the junior provincials and her fate was sealed.

Team Broderson previously competed at the Northern Alberta Curling Association Juvenile Provincials at the end of February, which was the qualifying competition for the internationals and determined who would appear as Team Alberta.

After skipping with the elite team in Edmonton and finally sporting the coveted Team Alberta jacket, Broderson is aiming to accelerate her career in the junior circuit (under 21). She plans to attend the University of Alberta next year and join a varsity team.

She is also not ruling out competing in the Winter Olympics or the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in the future.




Just Posted

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Red Deer drops to 71 active cases of COVID-19

Province adds 127 new cases of the virus

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Alberta now has 2,336 active cases of COVID-19, with 237 people in hospital, including 58 in intensive care. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer down to 73 active cases of COVID-19, lowest since early November

The Central zone has 253 active cases of the virus

The Sylvan Lake Gulls show off the home jerseys (white) and their way jerseys at the Gulls Media Day on June 17, before the season opener. Following the media day, the team took to the field for their first practise. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Sylvan Lake Gulls ready to throw first pitch as construction continues

The Gulls inaugural season kicks off June 18 with a game against the Edmonton Prospects

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages are displayed on the steps outside the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 following a ceremony hosted by the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations in honour of the 215 residential school children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Alberta city cancels Canada Day fireworks at site of former residential school

City of St. Albert says that the are where the display was planned, is the site of the former Youville Residential School

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

A lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS
No winning ticket sold for Friday’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

The huge jackpot has remained unclaimed for several weeks now

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Most Read