|Volume 92, Issue 61
Friday, January 15, 1999
Curler fated to aim for championship
STAYING SLICK IN A COOL SPORT. Mustang curling captain Robyn Wilson has been tearing the ice during her three years at Western and has high hopes for a successful year.
By Justin Klein
Curling came late for Robyn Wilson, but the captain of the Mustang women's team has done wonders during her short tenure in the sport.
While in her Grade 12 year at Lucas Secondary School in London, Wilson met the coach of the school's curling team Bruce McAninch, who talked her into joining the team. Robyn took a huge athletic leap and began what has turned into a highly successful career.
"My friends were the ones curling at the time," Wilson said. "I was just at the wrong place at the right time."
Wilson, who is a London native, was swept off her feet. It took no time for her to learn the rules and techniques involved in becoming a great curler. In her first year, curling for her high school team and under the coaching of McAninch, Wilson led her team to the city finals where she demonstrated control and accuracy in helping her team to victory.
Wilson has curled at Western for three years and has been captain of the team during her entire time with the Mustangs. In her first year at the varsity level, Wilson was unable to help the team make it to the provincials. When the team's head coach Peter McKinley was unable to return, Wilson saw the opportunity as a great chance to gain the services of former high school coach, McAninch.
With a little persuasion, McAninch was eager to help the team rebound from their past meagre performances. With his dedicated and personal coaching style, McAninch was able to help the team polish their skills. Western made it to the provincials where they unfortunately encountered a bad first day of competition, eventually finishing in fourth.
This year, Wilson has moved from the vice position to the skip, the last thrower, in hope of vaulting the team into contention. The club will find out this weekend if this was a good decision when they compete at the West Sectionals in Waterloo.
"The vice has to be an excellent shot maker," McAninch said. "If the vice doesn't set it up for you, the skip is in trouble."
Wilson has been given the most valuable player award for the past two seasons.
"Robyn is always happy and calm," said teammate Heather Hambly, a fourth-year curler. "She never gets angry at any of the players when they make a mistake and I think that all this makes her a very good choice for the team captain."
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