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Team Walker, Koe win at Best of Alberta Curling Provincials

Laura Walker and her team captured the Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts with a 5-4 victory over Team Scheidegger at Bonnetts Energy Centre over the weekend. Walker says that she came into the tournament with one goal in mind and never lost sight of it.

“I feel really good and I’m just really proud of our team and how we battled back from that two in the first end. I felt we managed the scoreboard well, and put ourselves in a good position with the hammer in the tenth end,” she says.

It’s been a great few months in the Walker household, as Laura’s husband Geoff Walker qualified for the Olympics, along with Team Gushue. Walker says she’s just taking it in stride.

“Yeah, we have a lot going on for sure. Both of us are just trying to plan and prepare for what’s next, but it’s really exciting,” she says.

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Walker hopes to inspire women, especially younger women to try curling.

“I especially hope to set a good example for them and I want them to realize that sticking with any sport, in general, can be very rewarding,” she explains. “I hear a lot that people feel they have to choose between playing a sport or pursuing something else, but you can have it all if you stick with it.”

With the victory, Team Walker qualifies for the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The tournament gets underway on January 28th.

Former Grande Prairie resident Kevin Koe and his team won 8-4 over team Appelman on the men’s side, to capture the Boston Pizza Cup. Team Koe punched their ticket to the Brier in Lethbridge, Alberta. The tournament kicks off on March 4th. 

Koe says he felt good about his team from the start of the tournament.

“I think we played great all week, won every game fairly heavily, and we just wanted to stay aggressive,” he explains. “We felt overall this was our best game of the tournament. After we got out of the first end on top, that set the tone for the rest of the match.”

Koe says the win was nice but it was extra special to get the win in Grande Prairie.

“I spent four years up here and one of my kids was born in Grande Prairie. I always loved it here, but I had to move for my career and other situations but it’s good to be back,” he says.

Koe adds that he and his team don’t have anything until the Tim Horton’s Brier, so they’ll get some time off.

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