Team Buchy is back at home in Kimberley for the remainder of the month while they complete off-ice training ahead of Nationals in April.
The Bulletin caught up with Kaila Buchy after the team’s big win in the 2019 BC U18 Curling Championships that took place March 12 and 13.
Team Buchy dominated the women’s finals, defeating Team Taylor 10-2 after just six ends.
Team Buchy, featuring Kimberley’s Kaila Buchy and Arissa Toffolo, have connections to Kelowna (third Katelyn McGillivray) and Fort St John (second Hannah Lindner).
The girls’ teams traded points until the fourth end when Team Buchy were able to steal two and the game was sealed after the sixth end when the Kimberley rink scored five.
“All of the girls and I played really well all week long overall,” said Buchy on Wednesday. “We really showed up in the finals when we had to, with a lot of pressure shots.”
She adds that the team came in clutch when it was needed most.
“The competition was tough. The final two games were nailbighters for sure, but all of the games saw us show up,” Buchy said.
The girls head to Sherwood Park in Alberta for the U-18 Nationals, which run April 1 to 7, 2019.
“We are all super excited for the Nationals,” said Buchy. “We have no curling ice [at home] right now so we can’t throw until we get there, but we’ll be keeping up with off-ice training; staying in shape, eating well, that sort-of thing.”
She adds that Team Buchy is looking forward to representing Kimberley on a National level.
“We really want to thank the community, all of Kimberley for supporting us and our curling,” she said.
“A special thanks to all of our supporters; Frank Vanden-Broek of Sunlife Financial, Ivar Larson of I. Larson Consulting, Ken Stroud of Assante Wealth Management, Kimberley Curling Club and all it’s members, Kimberley Elks Club, Sport Chek – Cranbrook, Kootenay Curling Association of Curl B.C., Rob Ferguson and The Fort St. John Curling Club.”