• Nick Zacharias

Hudson curler headed for Canada Winter Games


PHOTO COURTESY CURLING QUEBEC

Members of the Quebec Brier Team presented medals to the girls following their victory qualifying them for the Canada Winter Games. Pictured are (left to right) Jean François Trepanier, Mike Fournier, team members Hannah Gargul, Kyra Johnson, Amber Gargul, and Amy Upton, coach Neil Gargul, and Félix Asselin.

It was an exciting weekend at the Lachine Curling Club for young Hudson resident Amy Upton. The Westwood Senior High School student, who is just 14 years old, won a spot with her teammates to represent Quebec at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.

Amy was recruited this season to play in the first position for Team Gargul in the provincial junior division, open to girls under 18, joining skip Hanna Gargul, second Amber Gargul and third Kyra Johnson. Under the leadership of Coach Neil Gargul, they have been working as a team for some impressive results. It has been a long road so far for the girls, who have made their way to the top in a field of 12 teams from across the province, all vying for the chance to compete at the national level. After earning victories through three preliminary provincial qualifiers, taking the win at last weekend’s final round means they’ll be heading to Alberta next February 15 to March 3 to face off against the best in the country. Only one team from each province and territory wins the right to make that trip, giving them a chance to become the next Team Canada.

Amy has been curling since the tender age of four at the Hudson Legion Curling Club, where she still curls recreationally. She is skip for the Westwood Senior team in Hudson, and competes provincially with her teammates out of the Pointe-Claire Curling Club.

Earning a spot at the Canada Winter Games, an event hosted in various cities across the country once every two years, is no small feat. Though they are all juniors, Team Gargul boasts an impressive 33 years of combined curling experience, which bodes well for their continued success out of the hack.

"It isn't easy, it's taken a lot of hard work, and there’s been a lot of travel and sacrifice for her to come this far," boasts proud mom Sally Aaron, "but it's all worth it. Curling is such a great sport!"

From here until next February, the girls will be working with Curling Quebec to fit in as many games and tournaments as they can. The hard work will continue so they can stay on top of their play and show their very best when they take their shot to represent the province, with hopes of going on to represent Canada to the world.

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