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Kamloops' Team Brown recognized as top adult curling team inB.C.

From left: Corryn Brown, Erin Pincott, Dezaray Hawes, Ashley Klymchuk and coach Allison MacInnis.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Team Brown
August 27, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Four women representing Kamloops have been recognized as the top curling team in the province, and once you look at their accomplishments it’s no wonder why.

Team Brown was dubbed Adult Team of the Year by Curl B.C., the provincial governing body for the sport.

On the Curl B.C. website, it states the women are “very deserving” of the award based on their performance during the 2019 to 2020 season.

The team, comprised of skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes, lead Ashley Klymchuk and coach Allison MacInnis, returned from the China Open in Beijing with a silver medal last December.

“We worked really hard this year, and it’s nice to be noticed for all of the work we put in,” Brown says.

Brown was notified of the win by email and reached out to her teammates. She says she hadn’t even considered that they may be recognized by Curl B.C., even though they were also named Adult Team of the Year in 2018.

“Honestly, it kind of slipped my mind that it was even a possibility but obviously we’re super honoured to have won this award, and there are several adult teams in B.C. that would be well deserving of it,” Brown says.

Early this year, the team participated in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and scored a gold medal, although they did not make it to the playoff round.

“Among their achievements was climbing to a ranking of 8th overall on the (Canadian Team Ranking System) list, which a B.C. women’s team has not done for many years… They are a young, fierce and determined team and it is clear they will continue to win medals. In addition to their success on the ice, the players are great role models off the ice. They are courteous to athletes, coaches and officials,” reads the release posted to Curl B.C.’s website.

There will be no banquet this year to present the awards, but the team’s will work out a time to accept the awards at their home club. Brown says they hope to get together for a socially-distanced celebration, especially since Klymchuk will soon give birth to twins and will take some time away from the sport.

“This season we will have Samantha Fisher on our team. We’ve played with Sam for a number of years before Ashley joined the team so she’s a familiar face and we’ll be happy to have her, but also sad to see Ashley go. She was a great addition to the team and she played incredibly well at the Scotties this year,” Brown says.

Brown says the team is all working on their off-season training and conditioning to be in the best shape possible for when they are allowed to play and compete again. She says they will likely stay close to home for any games to avoid any risks with contracting COVID-19.

“I think it might be an elongated offseason for us. I think our first game is scheduled for October but who knows what will happen then… and for right now, we’re just going to stay within driving distance but a lot of events are getting cancelled as is.”

To keep up to date on Team Brown, follow them on Facebook.

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