Fanshawe women's curling team wins bronze at OCAA Championships

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The Fanshawe women's curling team took home bronze at the OCAA Championships.

The Fanshawe women’s curling team brought home some hardware after a hard-fought weekend at the OCAA Championships in Sault Ste. Marie. The women secured a bronze medal after falling to the Niagara Knights in the semi-final.

Coached by Barry Westman and DJ Ronaldson, the women’s team finished 3-3 after round robin play, good for third place. In the semi-final match against the Knights, the Falcons lost 8-1 to fall to the bronze medal game. The Fanshawe team is comprised of skip Lauren Massey of London, vice Victoria Hinchliffe of Guelph, second Leah Hopkins of Ingersoll and lead Karima Hassan of London. Hopkins was named an OCAA Second-Team Championship All-Star.

“I am very happy for Leah Hopkins earning the Second-Team All-Star Award,” said Westman. “This was Leah’s first competitive curling experience, and she epitomized the teams hard work and willingness to make adjustments to improve her game. I am looking forward to having Leah back again next year.”

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Westman added that the women’s team was one of the most coachable teams he’d ever worked with, highlighting their willingness to adjust and try new things.

“I am very proud of the women’s team’s bronze medal performance this past weekend. What the girls lacked in experience they made up for with hard work all season getting ready for this event.”

The Fanshawe men, meanwhile, finished round robin play in fifth place with a record of 1-4 and did not advance to the medal rounds. That wraps up the curling season for the Falcons, as the CCAA National Championships have unfortunately been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.