Honourable senators, as Coach Demers has said, I wish I could play hockey like a woman, and I have always looked up to Martin St. Louis.
Honourable senators, the focus has been on the Winter Games in Sochi, but we’re also proud of another Canadian team that could end up in Pyeongchang in 2018. I don’t want you to forget the name of another women’s team and a big name in curling.
With our break week, I couldn’t offer official congratulations in the Senate, but today I want to salute Rachel Homan’s Team Canada for their win at the Canadian women’s curling championship in Montreal on February 9. In addition to Ms. Homan of Orleans, the team includes Ottawa’s Lisa Weagle, Alison Kreviazuk and Emma Miskew.
They are the first team since 1985 to go undefeated at the championship. They are also repeat champions, having won last year in Kingston.
The event is probably better known to most us as the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which refers to both the long-time sponsorship of women’s curling by Kruger Products and the friendship and teamwork that characterize the sport.
With over 1 million Canadians participating in the sport and more than one third of our population watching it on television every winter, it is fair to say that Canada is the number one curling nation in the world. After the results in Sochi in women’s and men’s curling, there is no doubt we are the number one nation in the world.
I have always been intrigued by the unique mix of etiquette and competiveness in curling, not to mention a few drinks after the game, the smiles and handshakes between teams, combined with the players’ wonderful focus and dedication. It is no wonder curlers and their audiences are so loyal and proud.
The excitement continues next month when Homan’s rink participates in the World Women’s Curling Championship, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, New Brunswick. I wish Team Canada well and look forward to watching them compete. Remember the name of Ottawa’s Rachel Homan. It could be the name you see on the curling billboard in South Korea in 2018.