Airdrie curler and coach take part in international U18 event
Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 11:43 am
For Airdrie curler Connor Lenton and his father and Team Coach Blair Lenton, taking part in the Optimist Under 18 International Curling Championship in Surrey and Langley, British Columbia from April 3 to 6 was something they will never forget.
“It was one of the most fun weekends that I have ever had in my entire curling career,” Connor Lenton said.
“There was lots of really good teams from across Canada, the United States, and even Japan that were there, which was really quite the experience,” Blair Lenton added. “It’s not often that junior teams play someone from outside of their own province, and I think that is something that was pretty unique.”
Connor, who is the lead for Tyler Lautner’s team from the Calgary Winter Club, represented Alberta at the event and came away with a fifth place finish for his efforts, after his rink defeated Quebec’s Louis Quevillon by a score of 6-3 on April 6.
“We were down 3-0 after the first end, and we actually almost gave up three more points in the third end, which would have put us in a scary situation,” Connor Lenton recalled.
“After that end though, Quebec was out of timeouts, and they really found themselves in some tough situations,” he added. “That allowed us to get more points as the game went along, and we just controlled things.”
The Alberta rink, which also featured Mark Taylor at third and Jared Latos at second, finished in a tie for third place in the Pool B standings with a 2-3 record in round-robin play, which left them on the outside looking in when it came to taking part in the medal round.
“We played alright during the round-robin games,” Connor Lenton said. “We went down to the final stone in almost all of our games, so we can’t be too upset about that.”
“We actually had a chance to get into the medal round if we had won over Minnesota, but we would have needed one of the top two teams (Connecticut or Washington) to lose just to force a tiebreaker game,” Blair Lenton added. “Heading into the ‘B’ playoffs, I told the guys to just go out and relax, which is what they did.”
With two events left on its schedule for this season (the Alberta Junior Curling Tour Championships in Edmonton from April 11 to 13, and the Kevin Martin Junior Bonspiel in Edmonton from April 25 to 27), the Lautner rink is focusing on those two events before determining its future plans.
However, Connor Lenton said he believes no matter what happens, he can use what he learned in British Columbia in the future.
“All of the curlers there have the same aspirations of going as far as they can in the sport,” he said. “I think it’s an experience we will all never forget, and we may all run into one another somewhere along the way.”