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Burgess to wear the Maple Leaf again

Karlee Burgess
Karlee Burgess

TRURO, N.S. – For the second time in as many years, Karlee Burgess will attend the world junior curling championship – this time in a different role.

Burgess, 18, will be the alternate for Kristen Streifel’s Alberta team, which will represent Canada at the event, beginning next week in Gangneung, South Korea.

“It’s definitely going to be different having to sit and watch, but I’m really excited to be part of it and I’m really lucky they chose me and I feel really honoured,” said Burgess, from Hilden.

Burgess, a kinesiology student at Dalhousie University, was a likely choice, given her past successes on the international stage.

She was a member of Mary Fay’s team, which won the world junior championship in 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She also won gold for Canada at the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, last year.

Still, the invite came as a pleasant surprise.

“I was like, ‘wow’ – I was really surprised, but it was a good feeling, for sure.

“It’ll be fun and I’m excited to wear the Maple Leaf again.”

Burgess threw mate stones this season for Kristen Clarke’s Nova Scotia rink. The foursome, which also consisted of second Janique LeBlanc and lead Emily Lloyd, won the provincial title and posted a 4-6 record at the national championship last month in Victoria, B.C.

Burgess, a South Colchester Academy graduate, leaves for Edmonton to join her new teammates on Saturday morning. She will practise with the team this weekend and head for South Korea on Monday.

The championship begins next Thursday.

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