Pinkney rink is first to bring a national senior title home to Truro
Support from so many means so much
TRURO - Colleen Pinkney and her teammates were more nervous a day after they won the Canadian women's senior curling crown than any day at the event.
That's because they knew their fellow Truro Curling Club members, friends and family had something cooking for the team's return home Sunday, but didn't know what.
The team arrived to a hero's welcome with a parade from the Fundy Trail Mall to the club followed by a reception that packed about 100 people into the club's lounge.
"To have so many people excited for us and cheering us on means so much," Pinkney said over the buzz of the celebrations behind her.
"We feel so privileged to have so many people excited for us," she added with a smile. "It's quite an honour to represent Truro, the Truro Curling Club and Nova Scotia. Now we'll be called Team Canada."
Pinkney and her teammates (mate Wendy Currie, second Karen Hennigar, lead Susan Creelman and coach Judy Burgess) downed British Columbia 6-4 in the final Saturday at the Silver Fox Curling Club in Summerside, P.E.I.
The victory is a historic one. The Pinkney rink becomes the first from Truro to win a national senior title and is just the second Nova Scotia team to ever do it, the last victor from this province coming 20 years ago.
There was no way the foursome's clubmates were going to let the feat go down without a celebration.
"It's huge. It's a Canadian championship," said Alyson Burgess, an organizer of the celebration. "In a small town like this we all support each other in whatever we do. They deserve something like this and we're all very proud."
Pinkney said the gathering caused the significance of the feat to sink in for the group.
"We're really starting to realize the magnitude of what we have accomplished," she said.
The win isn't only big for the team, but for the club and its members as well. Alyson Burgess said the victory can have a ripple effect to the club's youngest members.
"It shows them that time and effort brings rewards," she said. "Sometimes its hard for juniors to focus on practice but this shows that if they try hard, dreams are possible."
NOTE: The Pinkney foursome also returned home with some individual awards. Pinkney was named to the tournament's first all-star team as skip, while Currie cracked the roster as mate.
Hennigar led seconds at the event curling 91 per cent, while Creelman was second among leads at 89 per cent.