U18 Orion Women's Slam Highlights and Images

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Congratulations to our Champions!
Team Jamie Smith
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The U18 Women's Orion Slam was truly an international U18 curling competition. It is so exciting to see athletes getting to know one another from destinations near and far.  Junior Slam Series wishes to thank our sponsor Curl Coach who custom made Live Scores for us. We had fans following the scores from the United States and across Canada.
The focus of the Orion was on post-secondary curling and balancing school with the demands of a competitive curling schedule.  John Epping and Byron Scott gave excellent ROCKTalks on these topics and we supported that with our Varsity Curling Trade Show on Saturday.  Coaching staff from top Colleges and Universities came out to chat with our athletes about the various options for blending curling with post-secondary education.  We wish to thank everyone who participated.
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Friday evening our teams were treated to an excellent ROCKTalk by John Epping. John gave practical tips on how to balance school, competitive curling and career options with maintaining health and social commitments.  In short, it's not easy, and John knows first-hand how tough it can be.  John's tips:  plan your schedule carefully in the off-season, lower your course load if you need to, use sports psychology and mental training support, seek help from your family and friends, look for flexible employment that can offer 12 weeks or more of time off for competition season.  We recorded John's excellent talk and will be uploading it to our YouTube channel soon.
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Byron Scott, Head Coach of the Guelph Gryphons University Women's curling team gave a powerful presentation on Varsity curling, His number one piece of advice?  Choose the program you wish to study FIRST, then find out where the program is offered, then determine if the school has a curling team. Remember school first, curling second.  He said most varsity curling programs require "try-outs", so check your ego at the door.  Most teams allow a five year window to compete, but try outs are required annually.
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Varsity Curling Trade Show

Saturday at the Orion, athletes and their families perused our Varsity Curling Trade Show to meet Curling Coaches and find out about post-secondary curling options. Humber, St. Clair College, UofT, Waterloo, Laurier, Brock University, Guelph, Ryerson were just some of the schools on hand over the two weekend show (Orion Men's Slam also featured the trade show). 

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Thank you to our excellent staff for your hard work uploading scores for every game at this Slam.
We also wish to thank sportandwellness.ca Biosteel for donating and sampling your fantastic product this weekend.  Athletes can purchase Biosteel directly from sportandwellness.ca at a 10% discount.

 

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We extend our thanks as well to the Galt Country Club management and staff.  Thanks to ice maker Damion for maintaining great curling ice from Friday to Sunday and for patiently waiting as we completed our late Saturday tie-breaker game.