Colleen Pinkney rink claims honours at awards dinner
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TRURO - The accolades just keep rolling in for the Colleen Pinkney rink.
The foursome out of the Truro Curling Club was named team of the year at the Nova Scotia Curling Association's Celebration of Excellence on the weekend in Halifax and Pinkney was named female athlete of the year.
"We feel completely honoured," Pinkney said. "We've worked extremely hard and had a successful year."
The awards come after the team, which also consists of mate Wendy Currie, second Karen Hennigar, lead Susan Creelman and coach Judy Burgess, posted an 11-1 record to storm to the Canadian women's senior curling title in Summerside in March.
The victory means the team will represent Canada at the worlds in Chelyabinsk, Russia in April of next year.
The team qualified for the national tournament after going 7-1 to claim the provincial title in February, defeating Burgess' rink 11-3 in the final.
The national title is a historic one. The Pinkney rink was the first from Truro to win a national senior title and is just the second Nova Scotian team to ever do it.
The magnitude of the title had Pinkney's team thinking they would be in the running for the team honour and although she also had a strong season, Pinkney felt the individual award would be a longshot.
"There are a lot of people who could have won that," Pinkney said. "I even felt players on my own team deserved the award as well."
Pinkney said the individual honour is a reflection of the team she played with.
"It's just proof of the team I had because if the team had have struggled, I probably would have struggled too."
Pinkney said almost bigger than the team award was the standing ovation the foursome received after being announced the winner, especially since the dinner is only open to teams that won provincial titles in 2008-09.
"When you get that from your peers, people that you look up to, and they give you a standing ovation it means so much."
Pinkney said the team's success is largely because of its chemistry. The members are friends on and off the ice which Pinkney said helps the squad overcome any obstacle.
"We just seem to get along so well no matter the situation," Pinkney said. "When things are going great it's easy to get along but our team gets along regardless."
Pinkney also said having Burgess as a coach gives the team and extra boost.
"Her experience and personality and the belief she has in our team makes us believe in ourselves."
Although they haven't been strangers to success this season, Pinkney said her team has no plans to stop now.
"We still have a lot of goals set and we're not happy yet," Pinkney said. "We still have some expectations we want to reach next season."
The Pinkney rink wishes to thank Murphy's Fish and Chips, MEG Freight Services, Stella-Jones Inc., and Kingston Aluminum.