Two Maritimers are part of the top junior women’s curling team in the world.
Truro’s Karlee Burgess and Lauren Lenentine of New Dominion, P.E.I., represented Canada on the Manitoba team skipped by Mackenzie Zacharias.
Nova Scotia’s Karlee Burgess, second from right, and P.E.I.’s Lauren Lenentine, third from left, celebrate with members of the Canadian team from Manitoba after winning the world junior women’s curling championship on Saturday. (World Curling Federation/Richard Gray)
They beat South Korea 7-5 in the gold-medal game at the world junior women’s curling championship on Saturday in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. South Korea was undefeated entering the final game.
It’s the third world junior title for the 21-year-old Burgess, who was playing third stone, and the second for Lenentine, the lead.
In a text message from Russia, Lenentine, a student at the University of Manitoba, said “the entire event was amazing.”
“The arena was like nothing I have ever competed in before, it was absolutely breathtaking. Without a doubt, the best event I have ever attended.”
Without a doubt, the best event I have ever attended.— Lauren Lenentine
Lenentine’s parents, Robbie and Jennifer Lenentine, were in Krasnoyarsk for the final and celebrated with the team afterward. Though the celebration was quick, she said.
“When the game was over, the closing ceremonies [were] immediately after so we got our medals then, which was amazing. Then, the closing banquet was immediately after that, so we haven’t had much time to let it sink in.”