Team Ladouceur went 6-1 (won-lost), including a 7-6 victory over Elysa Crough from Edmonton, Alta., in the final.
Although it was not an official national title, the victory carried significance for the Prince Edward Islander.
“Some of the girls have won U18 nationals before, but I have never won anything, so I’m pretty excited about it,” said Shaw.
Team Ladouceur, which includes third stone Jamie Smith, second Lauren Rajala, fifth Katy Lukowich and coach Steve Acorn, curls out of Greater Sudbury, Ont. Shaw is in her second year curling with Ladouceur, whose family resides in Bedford, N.S.
Ladouceur, who attends Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., curled in Nova Scotia during the 2020-21 season because the COVID-19 situation in the Maritimes was better than Ontario’s. The team needed to add another player and was looking for someone willing to relocate to Nova Scotia.
Ladouceur knew Shaw because the two played against each other multiple times growing up in the Maritimes. Ladouceur’s teammates knew Shaw from previous national championships.
“We reached out to her, and it was a bit of a miscommunication based on we thought she was first-year university and actually she was in high school,” said Ladouceur. “We were like, ‘Oh no, we don’t want to make someone move in high school to Nova Scotia.’
“But Katie was so gung-ho, was ready to work hard, be a committed player and moved high schools to curl with us. Honestly, that showed her commitment and passion for the sport. Based on that, I knew I wanted to play with her the next year.”
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