February 17, 2013, (ISN) – For the 19th consecutive season, the Ford Hot Shots curling skills competition was contested at Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston.

This popular pre-event shot-making competition requires the participating curlers to execute six shots: Hit and Stay, Draw the Button, Draw the Port, The Raise, Hit and Roll and Double Takeout.

Rachel Homan of Ontario got off to a strong start at the Scotties, placing first in the final match-up against Northwest Territories/Yukon’s Sharon Cormier. She walked away with the keys and a two-year lease on a 2013 Ford Fusion SE 2.0L, AWD with EcoBoost, an approximate retail value of $14,000. This new 2013 Ford Fusion features a 2.0L, turbocharged, direct injection EcoBoost engine that gives maximum power and efficiency from each drop of fuel.

Homan outscored Cormier in head-to-head competition after three rounds that included preliminaries (all teams), quarter-finals (field of eight), and semi-finals (field of four). Cormier won $2,000 for finishing in second place, and Homan’s teammate Emma Miskew received $1,000 for her third-place finish.

Because Emma Miskew, Homan’s third, made it through to the third round, Nova Scotia’s Colleen Jones held the broom for Homan’s shots throughout the competition. It worked out well, especially on the double take-out, which Homan said had been giving her some trouble in practice.

“Colleen’s pretty precise with her line, so it was awesome to have her on our team, and our sweepers were amazing. They held the line for me a ton, so it was great team effort.”

“We’re really thankful for the support of Ford,” said Homan after the presentation of car keys. “My car’s got a lot of miles on it, that’s for sure.”

“Since 1995, the Ford Hot Shots event has provided not only an exciting beginning to each championship but has proven to be an extremely popular competition for curlers and fans,” said Mike Herniak, General Manager Eastern Market Area, for Ford of Canada. “Ford of Canada is proud to continue supporting curling in Canada.”