by Melanie Sharpe
Mya Sharpe, a local Spencerville teen and Grade 9 student at St Michaels Catholic High School in Kemptville, was part of a team which won the Ontario Curling Association’s U-18 Women’s Provincial Curling Championships held at the Royal Kingston Curling Club this past weekend.
The team, skipped by Emma Acres, earlier qualified in the U-18 Women’s Qualifier held in Brockville last December. Team Acres was one of two women’s teams to qualify, giving them the chance to compete in Kingston at the U-18 Provincial Curling Championship. They were one of eight teams to compete and claimed the Provincial title and the right to call themselves “Team Ontario” at the upcoming National Curling Championship in Oakville May 1-7. Team Acres played hard in the round robin play, qualified for the play offs and then went undefeated to claim their title. “We communicated and played well as a team and were rewarded with huge success!” says Mya.
Team Acres, an Ottawa based team out of RCMP, coached by Phil Mainville, skipped by Emma Acres (18 of Winchester), vice Ava Acres (15 of Winchester), second Liana Flanagan (17 of Embrun), and lead Mya Sharpe (15 of Spencerville), are honoured to represent Ontario in Oakville. “We will wear The Ontario jackets with pride,” says Mya, “Its something you always dream of doing, and now our dreams are reality.”
Mya was born in Ottawa and moved to Spencerville in 2016, where she first found her love of curling. Originally a member of North Grenville Curling Club Little Rocks program, Mya very quickly picked up the necessary skills needed to become a successful competitive curler. In North Grenville, she was led by several experienced coaches who worked with children to introduce and develop important skills needed to become a member of a successful 4-person curling team. Mya has so many people to be thankful for in her earlier years. Many people have put a lot of hard work and dedication into her dreams and aspirations. Practicing several times a week, and playing in as many bonspiels as possible, has led Mya to where she is today.
“I have always wanted to compete in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and the Olympics some day”, she says, “and winning a Provincial Championship, with a chance to represent our Province, is just the beginning.”