Heather Smith, left, will once again represent Nova Scotia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Heather Smith will be representing Nova Scotia once again at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. This will be Smith’s fifth trip to the national women’s curling championship.
Smith, a former Sackville curler who now lives in Nova Scotia, earned the right to represent her province at the Scotties in Montreal from Feb. 1-9 after her team captured the provincial championship earlier this month at the Sydney Curling Club.
Playing out of the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax, the Nova Scotia team, skipped by Smith, features teammates Jill Brothers (third), Blisse Joyce (second) and Teri Lake (lead).
The daughter of Sackville’s Al and Elaine Smith has won four previous national titles, including one junior (1991) and three mixed (1994, 2002 and 2010) titles; but she has yet to capture a women’s title. Smith’s best showing at the Scotties tournament was a bronze medal at the 2011 event in Charlottetown.
Smith, a member of the Sackville Sports Wall of Fame, learned the skills of the game at the Sackville Curling Club and its junior curling program in the 1980s. In 1991, as skip of Team New Brunswick, she captured her first national title by winning the Canadian Juniors Women’s Curling Championship in Leduc, Alta. That was New Brunswick’s first junior women’s team to ever win this prestigious championship.