Inuvik curler Pearl Gillis, left, and Alberta partner Karsten Sturmay celebrate following mixed doubles success at the 2018 Canadian Junior Championships. NWT Curling/Facebook
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.
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.
Pretty special way to end my last junior nationals playing mixed doubles with an absolute sweetheart of a human being. Reminders of why I love this sport come in all shapes and sizes, and 72 pound Pearl Gillis from Inuvik, NWT may just be one of the biggest ones #perspectivehttps://t.co/iFe1zgHavP