Lindsay Geerkens, 16, may be the latest star in the Canadian Curling Association’s annual television commercials playing Junior on team Mary Bullseye Dobbin, but she’s not just an actress, she’s also an accomplished curler.
Last week, this eighth-year player qualified with her team to represent the Glendale Golf and Country Club for the Ontario provincial bantam girls 16 and under championships, Feb. 5-8 in Coldwater.
“I was surprised how much attention the commercial attracted since it first ran on TSN during the Olympic curling trials in December,” said Lindsay.
“It was shot in the summer, but its television release was delayed until the trials to ensure a nationwide audience.”
The Grade 11 Highland Secondary School student plays the second position for Team Guilfoyle, which also includes Cassandra Guilfoyle and Rene Hares from Hamilton and Emma McGuire from Ancaster.
For Lindsay, qualifying for the provincials is a dream come true.
“For the first few days after we qualified, I still had a hard time believing it was true; we were going to provincials,” said Lindsay. “We only came together as a team this season, and already it feels like we have been curling together for years.”
Team Guilfoyle will be joined by the Bantam boys team representing Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. Team Simonits’ comprises Alexander Simonits, Bryan Freve, Matthew McGuire and Ryan Proc. Both squads qualified by first winning the Burlington/Hamilton/Niagara Zone on Jan 11 - 12 and then added the southwestern Ontario titles a week later.
To see curling in action, Dundas Valley invites curlers to a Bantam/Junior Bonspiel on Feb. 8. Twenty teams from southern Ontario will be competing for fun and prizes.