Skipping suits Mat Camm just fine.
A year since he made the move from being Neil Sinclair's second, Camm has no regrets and plenty of success at the junior level.
"I love to skip," said the 20-year-old Camm.
His squad consists of lead Alexander Hamilton (another former Sinclair player), second David Mathers and third Scott Howard (Glenn Howard's son). Howard is the only non-Ottawa resident. All are in their last year of junior except for Mathers.
Camm won last weekend's Rideau Ice Breaker junior bonspiel, the team's third win this season.
Their first non-junior victory came early in the season at the Ontario Curling Tour championships.
Facing much more experienced rinks, they went 7-1 to grab the $5,000 championship prize.
"We are just playing well," said Camm. "We really bonded. We played with each other before and it's going pretty good so far."
Their next victory was the Carleton Heights junior 'spiel. The Rideau win places the foursome in a tie for first on the Ontario Junior Tour.
"We feel that we can play the game and we are living up to it," said Camm. "We are more of the aggressive type."
The lads will have to be aggressive because two upcoming events will test them.
This weekend's Mac Ice Classic showcases plenty of strong rinks.
Later this month, the quartet will travel to Winnipeg for the Canad Inns Prairie Classic, where they will face the likes of Jeff Stoughton and Glenn Howard. The first prize is $18,000.
"We are going there just to play against higher competition and get experience," said Camm.
Will they be intimidated?
"No, we aren't going to be intimidated," said Camm. "We'll just play and see how she goes."
Their ultimate goal is to win the junior national title.
"We are just really focused on the nationals. Everything else we do is to get ready for that," said Camm.
There are a host of former Brier and Scotties players competing in this weekend's Mac Ice Classic at the RCMP Curling Club. Twenty-four men's squads and 20 women's rinks square off -- each hoping to get the $6,000 (men) or $5,000 (women) top prizes. The women are headed by Marie-France Larouche and Rachel Homan, while the men's side features Jean-Michel Menard and Martin Ferland. Play begins Wednesday, with the men starting at noon and the women at 3 p.m. The finals are Monday at 2 p.m. Watch for a Menard- Ferland final with Camm a wild card. The women's side should be Homan- Larouche with Chantal Osborne as the spoiler.
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