We’re profiling 32 teams — one per day — as we get ready for the start of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season at the Masters.
Day 16: Team Rocque
Lineup: Kelsey Rocque (skip), Danielle Schmiemann (third), Dana Ferguson (second), Rachel Brown (lead)
Home Club: Saville Community Sports Centre; Edmonton
“Captain Canada” Kelsey Rocque had a junior career for the record books winning back-to-back world junior gold medals in 2014 and 2015 — with different lineups no less — to become the first Canadian women’s skip to accomplish the feat.
She also skipped the Alberta Pandas to consecutive university championships in 2015 and 2016. The team represented Canada at the 2017 Winter Universiade and added another gold medal to the haul. Rocque earned extra duties as Canada’s flag bearer for the opening ceremonies.
Schmiemann won the 2015 Canadian junior and world junior gold medals plus the 2016 Canadian university and 2017 Winter Universiade gold medals alongside Rocque. She won a second Canadian university title in 2018 with skip Kristen Streifel and represented Canada once more at the 2019 Winter Universiade. She rejoined Rocque in 2018.
Ferguson and Brown won three Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling women’s titles with Val Sweeting. Their first Grand Slam championship came at the 2014 Masters in Selkirk, Manitoba, with super spare Cathy Overton-Clapham at third. Team Sweeting took on Sweden’s Team Sigfridsson in the women’s final. With the score tied in the eighth end and facing three counters, Sweeting delivered an open hit to secure the title.
The front-end duo joined Chelsea Carey in 2018, with Sarah Wilkes at third, and won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in their first season together. Team Carey finished tied for seventh at the 2019 world championship. Ferguson and Brown joined Team Rocque in 2020.
The Masters kicks off the 2021-22 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season and runs Oct. 19-24 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville, Ontario. Full event and weekend passes plus single draw tickets are now available, CLICK HERE to purchase yours today.
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32 teams in 32 days
Missed a day in our 32 teams in 32 days profile series? Get all caught up below.
Day 1: Team Hasselborg
Day 2: Team Jacobs
Day 3: Team Einarson
Day 4: Team Epping
Day 5: Team Fleury
Day 6: Team Mouat
Day 7: Team Tirinzoni
Day 8: Team Gushue
Day 9: Team Jones
Day 10: Team McEwen
Day 11: Team Homan
Day 12: Team Bottcher
Day 13: Team Gunnlaugson
Day 14: Team Fujisawa
Day 15: Team Paterson