by Graham Lloyd
March 15, 2014, Saint John (ISN) – Rachel Homan will walk into Harbour Station wearing the maple leaf for the opening draw of the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, underway from March 15-23 in Saint John.
The 24-year-old skip will be making her second consecutive appearance at the helm for Team Canada. At the 2013 world championship in Riga, Latvia, Homan lost in the semifinal to Scotland’s Eve Muirhead, the eventual gold medallist, before rebounding to defeat Erika Brown of the United States in the bronze medal game.
Homan, with teammates Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle – along with alternate Stephanie LeDrew and coach Earle Morris – posted a perfect 13-0 record at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts to earn the right to represent Canada in Saint John.
The Homan crew, playing out of the Ottawa Curling Club, is excited by the opportunity to compete in front of Canadian fans with the world title on the line.
“Everyone says the maple leaf is super-heavy on your back, and you go in and you want to do your best,” said third Miskew. “Playing in front of a hometown crowd will be absolutely amazing.”
“I think it’s going to be amazing curling,” said Homan. “And with the energy and excitement of the crowds… we want them to share the experience with us.”
Team Canada opens the nine-day competition, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. against Russia’s Anna Sidorova, the host country’s representative at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Homan will face the Czech Republic and Switzerland on Sunday, March 16.
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“You Gotta Be There” when Rachel Homan leads Team Canada in the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship. Reserve your seats in Harbour Station now by clicking here.
Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)