The PEI Curling Hall of Fame and Museum has announced that four curlers from the Cornwall Curling Club, attending UPEI and Holland College, will be receiving bursaries for the 2022-2023 curling and academic year, courtesy of several anonymous donors who are affiliated with the sport of curling. Bursaries are awarded annually to PEI residents enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution. Other criteria include curling achievements, passion for the sport, and community involvement.
Receiving $1000 bursaries are Chase MacMillan, who throws fourth stones on the reigning Junior Men’s team skipped by Mitchell Schut, and Sydney Howatt, third stone on the reigning Junior Women’s rink skipped by Rachel MacLean, while $500 bursaries were awarded to Mitchell Schut, skip of the reigning Junior Men’s team, along with Lexie Murray, second stone on the MacLean rink.
Chase MacMillan (Curling Canada photo)
New Haven resident Chase MacMillan is attending the Sustainable Design Engineering program at UPEI this academic year. He has been curling for eleven years, and some of his recent accomplishments include:
Winning the 2021 PEI Provincial 2021 and 2022 PEI Provincial U21 Championships and participating in the 2022 New Holland Canadian Juniors, as vice-skip, throwing fourth stones.
Participating in the 2022 World Junior Championships Canadian Team Qualification Event, and winning the 2021 TSA Cashspiel in Saint John NB, both as vice-skip throwing fourth stones.
He also coaches a U16 Girls’ team.
Sydney Howatt, from Crapaud, is continuing her BSc.studies, majoring in Biology Specialization Life Science, at UPEI this academic year.
Playing third stone, she was on the 2022 PEI U21 Provincials Womens Champion team, going on to achieve a 4-4 win-loss record at the nationals in Stratford Ontario, where she received the Balance Plus Fair Play Award for Female Thirds
In 2021 she was selected for Team PEI to attend the 2022 World Junior Qualifiers in Saskatoon, and was on the PEI U21 Finalist team.*
Previously, she was on 2020 PEI Provincial Junior Women’s championship team, as well as the finalist rink at the 2019 PEI Canada Games, the 2018 PEI Mixed Doubles, the 2017 Provincial U16, and the 2015 Provincial Under 13 Championships.
Mitchell Schut (Curling Canada photo)
Cornwall resident Mitchell Schut is continuing his studies at Holland College’s Sport and Recreation Management program this academic year. His 15-year curling career includes many accomplishments as skip, including winning the provincial junior championship the past two seasons, and skipping the finalist team in 2020. He participated in the 2022 World Junior Qualification event, and won the Provincial U18 title in 2019 and 2021, taking home the gold medal in the national U18 Mixed Doubles competition in 2019.
On the Atlantic junior curling circuit, he won the 2019 and 2020 Harvest Spiels at the Mayflower in Halifax, the 2020 Oak Island Spiel in Chester NS, and was finalist at the 2021 TSA Junior Cashspiel in Saint John, going on to win the 2022 event.
In the off-season, he is an umpire in the sport of baseball.
Lexie Murray of Pownal is attending UPEI’s Bachelor of Arts program, where she is majoring in Psychology. She has been curling for nine years, and played second stone on the Rachel MacLean-skipped team that won the 2022 Provincial Women’s Championship. She was on the PEI U21 provincial team selected to attend 2022 World Junior Qualifiers in Saskatoon, and on the 2021 Provincial U21 and U18 Women’s Championship teams as well as the U18 Provincial team in 2018, 2019, and 2020..
She received the Sportsmanship award at the 2021 PEI U21 event, as well as at the 2021 and 2017 PEI U18 championships and at the national U18 championship in 2018.