Hannah Lindner wins U18 curling provincials, nationals up next

Fort St. John has another junior curler on the rise in Hannah Lindner, who won the Curl BC U18 Championships March 17, with Team Buchy. The Fort St. John curler plays second for the Kimberly-based team, skipped by Kaila Buchy.

Team Buchy beat Team Taylor, from the Royal City and Tunnel Town Curling Clubs. Lindner’s team ended the game in six ends by putting up five in the sixth. The final score was 10-2 for Buchy.

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“It felt amazing. I’ve been working towards it for a long time and it felt good to finally be there and especially to win it,” said Lindner.

Team Buchy was 5-2 in the round robin, which included a 6-3 win over Team Taylor in Draw 2. They finished in a three way tie for first place, but advanced straight to the final based off their last stone drawn record.

Lindner was no stranger to the provincial scene, however. She finished second with a team from Prince George in 2017, and fourth with the same team last year. She also played at the B.C. High School provincials in 2018 with a local team.

Buchy and third Katelyn McGillvray won the U18 tournament last year, and when two of their teammates aged out, they turned to Lindner.

“I felt so lucky to be asked and was glad they were thinking of me. Everything has gone so well,” Lindner said.

Lindner will now play with Team Buchy in the U18 Nationals, April 2 to 7, in Sherwood Park.

Lindner couldn’t contain her excitement when talking about going to nationals, as she bubbled over with laughter and energy in anticipation of the experience.

“I’m so excited to play for Team B.C. and have that experience. I’m used to watching my friends go and hearing about it, and I can’t wait to finally hear about it myself and represent our province.”

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.
 

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