When Marie Wright was named to Team Canada for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship, it came with plenty of excitement and happiness for the veteran Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre competitor.
It also marked a continuation of a whole lot of hard work and practice.
In the weeks and months since, Wright and her teammates earned plenty of frequent flyer miles and have spent even more time on the ice honing their game. Wright — who will play second on the team skipped by B.C.’s Jim Armstrong — is taking part in a training camp this week before leaving for Gangneung, South Korea for Worlds on Feb. 25.
“It’s kind of sinking in every day, and when we go this week we get our clothing, so that’ll really drive it home,” Wright said of playing for Team Canada during the send-off for her and the Penny Barker Scotties team Saturday at Curling Centre.
“(Preparation) has I gone really well, we’ve had a sports psychologist out with us the last few times, he’s given us some think about before our shots and that’s really helped a lot.”
The various camps and team gatherings have also worked to foster a sense of camaraderie on the team, which has players from throughout country.
“That’s huge, and when we were in Regina at a camp, we had a supper that was put on for us and we all talked about how we gelled as a team and that how this felt like our family away from family,” Wright said. “You become so supportive of each other and that’s a big thing.”
The world championships feature a 10-team round robin. Canada opens on Mar. 4 against Scotland before playing Switzerland and the United States on Mar. 5; Germany on Mar. 6; China and South Korea on Mar. 7 and Finland on Mar. 8 before closing out the draw against Norway and Russia on Mar. 9. The Page playoffs begin Mar. 10 and the medal games take place Mar. 11.
See Wednesday’s online and print edition of the Times-Herald for more.