YARMOUTH – A Yarmouth teenager is among the two-dozen young Nova Scotians chosen to be part of the junior star program for the upcoming world men’s curling championships in Halifax.
Jenna Bishara, a 15-year-old Grade 9 student, says she’s looking forward to being in Halifax for the worlds. As a junior star, she will be assigned to one of the teams taking part in the world championships.
“You get to go and meet the team and talk with them and you get free tickets to watch a game that they’re in,” she said.
The men’s world championship bonspiel is scheduled for March 28 to April 5.
Discussing the junior star program on Feb. 25, Jenna said she didn’t yet know to which team she would be assigned. As part of the application process, she had to write an essay.
“I just wrote about how I wanted to go (to the worlds) because I thought it was going to be a good experience,” she said, “and I wrote about different things that I’ve been involved with like curling.”
The junior star program was open to youths between 12 and 18 years of age.
Jenna says she was surprised when she learned she had been chosen, given the number of people she figures applied for the program. She has been curling for six years and goes to the Yarmouth curling club frequently during the curling season.
“I’m usually there five or six times a week,” she said.
Rick Allwright, president of the Yarmouth Curling Association, says attending the worlds as a junior star should be a great experience.
“It’s a great opportunity for a junior from Yarmouth to get to spend time with (a team at) that level of competition,” Allwright said.
The curling club in Yarmouth has about 30 junior curlers, up a little bit from last year.