Plenty of district attention will be focused on Champéry, Switzerland starting this weekend as a pair of Stratton natives vie for world glory.
The Trevor Bonot rink, which includes his sister, Jackie McCormick, at third, along with Thunder Bay couple Megan and Kory Carr at lead and second, will represent Canada at the world mixed curling championships running Oct. 6-14.
Quite the achievement for a pair who got their start on the ice at the Stratton curling club as youngsters.
It's also been quite the wait as almost a year has passed since the Bonot rink captured the Canadian mixed curling championship back in November in Yarmouth, N.S. to secure a berth at the world showdown.
Well, the wait is nearly over. Team Bonot already is in Switzerland as they get ready for their first game Saturday against Turkey.
In just the third year of this event, the format more resembles the FIFA World Cup (soccer) than the traditional men's and women's world curling championships Canadians are used to. A record 38 teams are competing in Champéry, with Canada being in Group 'E' along with Australia, China, England, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, and Turkey.
The top three teams from the five groups after round-robin play advance to the playoffs, with the semi-finals, followed by the gold- and bronze-medal games, set for next Saturday (Oct. 14).
Stratton is understandably proud of their hometown curlers—having thrown them a special send-off party back on Sept. 9. As well, a large contingent of supporters is in Switzerland to cheer them on.
But Team Bonot can rest assured all of Rainy River District is behind them as we wish the quartet good luck in bringing home the gold!