Bakker stepping aside

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

There will be a new face on Team Kleibrink next season.

The Calgary-based curling rink announced yesterday Glenys Bakker is leaving the fold of the Olympic bronze medallists.

Bakker, second, has elected to step down because skip Shannon Kleibrink, third Amy Nixon and lead Christine Keshen are ramping up the competitive schedule next season.

Bakker, while stepping aside, is still interested in curling at a high level.

"I just had my best season ever," the 43-year-old mom of two said.

"I'm not ready to retire."

After winning the Canada Cup and the Canadian Olympic trials in 2005, the team is staying together for the BDO Player's Championship at the Corral, April 12-16.

"We're gunning for that," Bakker said. "It would be nice to end the season with another win."

Word is Bakker will be replaced by Bronwen Saunders, who skipped her own rink until abdicating the responsibility to Crystal Rumberg last fall.

Kleibrink could not be reached for comment.


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