According to the Canadian Press on Sunday, team Alberta won the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie, Alberta. The team, which consists of skip Chelsea Carey, third Amy Nixon, second Jocelyn Peterman and lead Laine Peters, curl out of Calgary’s Glencoe Club.
In the championship final on Sunday, Alberta beat Northern Ontario 7-6. With her final rock in the tenth, Carey drew for a single point to break a 6-6 deadlock. The Northern Ontario team, who was skipped by Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay, advanced to the final by beating Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson 7-5 in the 3-4 game and then reigning Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Jones of team Canada 7-5.
Carey’s Calgary rink will now represent Canada at the 2016 Women’s World Curling Championship in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. They also get an automatic berth representing team Canada at the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ontario and move a step closer to qualifing for the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Ottawa, Ontario.
Team Carey will qualify for the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Ottawa, Ontario if they earn a medal at the 2016 Women’s World Curling Championship. Since the first Women’s World Curling Championship in 1979, Canada has only failed to earn a medal five times–in 1982, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2009. The winner of the trials will represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.