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For Immediate Release
March 18, 2015
Heather Nedohin to step aside, Chelsea Carey taking over
One of Canada’s most successful women’s curling teams will have a new player calling the shots, beginning with the 2015-16 curling season.
Two-time Canadian champion Heather Nedohin is stepping aside to spend more time with her family and to assist her daughters in their own athletic pursuits. She will continue her role as manager of the Sherwood Park Curling Club which is scheduled to be fully renovated in the spring of 2016.
Replacing her will be former Scotties Tournament of Hearts bronze-medallist Chelsea Carey, who will join third Amy Nixon, second Jocelyn Peterman and lead Laine Peters.
“This was an extremely difficult decision, but one I was ready to make,” said Nedohin. “For 20 years I have had the privilege to compete at an elite level with amazing teammates with complete devotion to the pursuit of Canadian championships. As this team commits to this push towards qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics, I will be their biggest fan and cheerleader.”
Nedohin, Peters and Nixon (as the alternate) combined to win the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer before winning bronze at that Year’s Ford World Women’s Championship in Lethbridge. Previously, Nedohin won the Scotties playing third for Cathy King in 1998, and won bronze at that year’s Ford Worlds, as well as skipping Canada to the World Junior Women’s Championship in 1996.
“It’s going to seem strange for us going forward without Heather, and we’ll miss her very much but we completely understand and respect her decision,” said Nixon. “Being able to add a player of Chelsea’s calibre and experience was very fortunate and we’re looking forward to the next chapter of this team and its journey to 2018.”
Carey moved to Alberta from Winnipeg prior to the 2014-15 season, and spent one season playing with Laura Crocker, Taylor McDonald and Jen Gates before parting ways with that team earlier this month.
“I am thrilled and honoured to be asked to join this team. Heather is a proven winner, and a fierce competitor. I’ve have always had so much respect for her talent and successes over the years,” said Carey. “Her stepping back gives me a fantastic opportunity, and I’m excited about the chance to curl with three great players in Amy, Jocelyn and Laine. I know all of us are committed to putting in the time on and off the ice in order to be able to compete at the highest level of curling.”
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