Airdrie City View's Sports Newsmakers of the Year
| Posted: Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 06:00 am
The skip from the Airdrie Curling Club and his rink of third Karsten Sturmay, second Jordan MacKenzie, and lead Mac Lenton, took home the Alberta Junior Curling Tour points title and lead the tour again this year. The tour ran from September 2012 to March 2013.
The rink also made it to the 2013 Alberta Men’s Provincial Junior Curling finals in January, where they lost to the eventual national runner-up Thomas Scoffin of Edmonton.
Brooks Bandits Trio
Airdrie natives Chris Muscoby, Anthony Paskaruk and Maddison Smiley were a part of this year’s national Junior A hockey champions, who won the Royal Bank Cup from May 11 to 19 in Summerside, PEI. Paskaruk and Smiley are looking to repeat that feat with the Bandits this season, while Muscoby is in his freshman season at the University of Vermont.
After playing for Canada’s World Junior team in Ufa, Russia at the start of the 2013 season, Rattie led his Portland Winterhawks to the 2013 Western Hockey League championship, and earned the league’s playoff MVP award in the process.
After losing in the Memorial Cup final to the Halifax Mooseheads in May, Rattie began his pro career with the St. Louis Blues affiliate club (the Chicago Wolves) in the American Hockey League.
The 20 year old soccer official had a banner year when it came to the matches that he got to officiate at his age.
The Airdrie native, who started officiating in 2006 for Airdrie Minor Soccer, had the chance to referee a Vancouver Whitecaps women’s soccer team match in June, officiate the U18 provincials in Edmonton in August, and was the head ref for the Canada U14 Girls Club National Championship bronze medal game in Lethbridge in October.
The local BMX rider earned his fifth straight national crown this year, when he won the 16 year old male category at the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) national BMX championships in St. Albert on Aug. 22 to 25.
After taking the 2012 season off, the Airdrie gymnast had a successful return to action in 2013, as she earned a silver medal in the Double Mini Trampoline event at the World Games in Columbia in August and captured a bronze medal at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in the Double Mini Trampoline team event in Bulgaria in November.
The 20 year old rower earned a bronze medal for Team Alberta at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que. on Aug. 17. The George McDougall graduate was teamed up with Morgan Crilly (Calgary), Olivia Fischer (Calgary) and Mallory Turner (Edmonton) in the women’s four event, where they just edged out a team from Ontario to earn the medal.
The Calgary native and former Airdrie Xtreme captain in the 2009/10 season, was presumed to have drowned on Shuswap Lake in B.C. on Aug. 25. The search for the 25 year old’s body was called off at the end of October.
Calgary natives and Airdrie Curling Club members Heather Jensen and Brent Hamilton picked up the 2014 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship title for Alberta on Nov. 23 with a 8-5 win over Ontario in Ottawa. Jensen and Hamilton were the third and second on Darren Moulding’s rink, with Anne-Marie Moulding serving as the team’s lead.
The Airdrie native became the new coach of the Airdrie Xtreme on Dec. 6 when the team parted ways with Cam Aplin. In his first game behind the bench, Havilland watched the Thunder pick up an 8-1 win over the Ponoka Stampeders.