Team Saskatchewan wins Canadian Mixed Curling Championship

Team Saskatchewan wins Canadian Mixed Curling Championship

Skip Shaun Meachem, vice-skip Kelly Schafer, second Chris Haichert and lead Teejay Haichert won the championship on home ice

Published Nov 13, 2023  •  Last updated 5 hours ago  •  2 minute read

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Team Saskatchewan, featuring skip Shaun Meachem, vice-skip Kelly Schafer, second Chris Haichert and lead Teejay Haichert, won the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship on Saturday, November 11, 2023 in Swift Current. Photo by JENNY HAGAN /Curling Canada

Team Saskatchewan captured the 2023 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship on Saturday, and they did so in front of a hometown crowd. 

At the Swift Current Curling Club, Team Saskatchewan — featuring Swift Current skip Shaun Meachem, vice-skip Kelly Schafer, second Chris Haichert and lead Teejay Haichert — beat Team Manitoba 6-4 in the gold medal final. The foursome will now represent Canada at the 2024 World Mixed Curling Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland from Oct. 12-19, 2024. 

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“You don’t get a chance every day to represent your province, and to now represent your country, is pretty cool,” Meachem told Curling Canada after the win. “It was a little different than what it is when we play club (play) here for sure. But our head ice maker does the ice for provincials and it’s the same ice. It’s best ice we play on all year long and they did this up just the same.” 

After dropping their opening match of the tournament to Nova Scotia, Team Saskatchewan rattled off 11 straight wins to finish first in the championship pool, before claiming the gold medal. 

With the game tied 4-4 in the eighth end, Meachem, who had hammer in the final end, would not need to throw his last stone, as Manitoba’s attempt to create a steal left Saskatchewan sitting two. 

The win marked the 11th time Saskatchewan has won a Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, with the last victory coming in 2015, when both Chris and Teejay Haichert teamed up with Max Kirkpatrick and Jolene Campbell. 

That year at worlds in Switzerland, Team Canada was eliminated in the quarterfinals. 

“They’ve been there before,” Meachem said of his front-end players. “They’ve got some business to take care of at the worlds, so yeah, really excited for that.” 

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Next year’s tournament will also be special for Schafer, who was born and raised in Scotland, before coming to Canada to call Swift Current home. Schafer has represented Scotland several times internationally, but this will be her first time wearing the maple leaf.

“It’s just so special, especially since it’s so close to my hometown,” Schafer told Curling Canada after the win. “It seems like it’s been a long time coming. I’ll be proud to represent Team Canada and that’ll be a new thing for me. 

“The first Canada jacket I’ve had since all the other ones are Scottish.” 

tshire@postmedia.com

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