Congratulations to Team Drexel!
This past weekend in Mission, BC, team Drexel became the ‘A’ qualifier in the province’s first U-18 curling playdowns (formerly referred to as the ‘Juvenile’ championships) Team Drexel will try and defend their title as Team BC in the first-ever BC U-18 Championships held in Nanaimo, March 16-19, 2017. The winner will go on to represent BC in the first Canadian U-18 curling championships in Moncton, NB. Other qualifiers are Team Tardi (Langley) and Team Sato (Coquitlam) on the boy’s side and Team Daniels (Delta) on the girls’ side.
The curlers on Team Drexel have a lot of experience at this level. This team won the gold medal last year at the 2016 BC Winter Games in Pentiction and went on to represent BC at the Optimist International U-18 Championships in Edmonton, AB.
This is Heather’s 4th time qualifying for this provincial event. Heather and Wash won this event in 2015 with a different team and again represented BC at the Optimist International U-18 Championships in Edmonton, AB and Heather and Everly qualified for the 2014 BC Winter Games on separate teams. Everly’s team won the gold medal in the 2014 games and represented BC at the Optimist International U-18 Championships in Langley, BC.
Team Drexel plays and practices out of the Langley curling club as well as representing their local communities of Coquitlam, Cloverdale and Chilliwack. All the girls volunteer with their local junior leagues, mentoring and coaching younger curlers.
This is Heather’s last year to compete at this level while the other three curlers are eligible to compete next year.
Team Drexel’s line up is:
Heather Drexel, skip, age 17, from Coquitlam
Everly Royea, third, age 17, from Chilliwack
Wash Reimer, second, age 16 from Cloverdale
Madeline Britz, lead, age 15 from Chilliwack
Coaches are Al Smith and Ken Britz.