Inuvik curler, 13, wins national junior mixed doubles gold

Last modified: January 21, 2018 at 8:46pm

Inuvik’s Pearl Gillis lifted a national curling title at the age of 13 on Sunday as she won mixed doubles gold with Alberta partner Karsten Sturmay in Shawinigan, Quebec.

The mixed doubles event is contested between players whose teams do not reach the men’s or women’s playoffs at Canada’s junior national championships. Two-person teams and a coach are chosen from the remaining pool – Gillis and Sturmay were coached by Quebec’s Daniel Bédard.

The combined NWT-Alberta unit defeated Ontario’s Grace Holyoake and New Brunswick’s Felipe Marin 8-4 to take the title.


Mixed doubles gold adds to a collection of trophies Gillis has amassed in Quebec this week. She was also chosen by her fellow athletes to receive the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award alongside a Fair Play Award as selected by the umpires.

Canadian Juniors is an under-21 championship, with most participants far older than 13. The NWT, however, has a track record of fielding younger competitors at the event.


In the women’s event, Gillis’ NWT team – skipped by Tyanna Bain and coached by Nick Saturnino – finished with a 1-8 record, including a 6-5 victory against Kelsey Meger’s Yukon.

The NWT men’s rink, skipped by Sawer Kaeser and coached by Nick Kaeser, also finished 1-8 after a 17-2 blowout defeat of David Aglukark and Nunavut.

Nova Scotia and British Columbia were crowned this year’s women’s and men’s champions respectively.

Inuvik curler Pearl Gillis with sportsmanship and fair play awards won at the 2018 Canadian Junior Championships - Nick Saturnino
Gillis with sportsmanship and fair play awards won at the 2018 Canadian Junior Championships. Photo: Nick Saturnino