Morris couldn't be happier

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

If you want to cheer for an Edmonton curler at the World Seniors Curling Championship you'll be cheering for Scotland.

It's been 18 years since Scottish skip Carolyn Morris was an Edmontonian.

In about 18 weeks she'll be one again.

"There are a lot of emotions involved," said the 56-year-old former world seniors champion who met Queen Elizabeth II as a result of taking the the title.

She has a son, Sean who won a world junior title for Canada curling out of Edmonton with Colin Davison and Ferbey Four second Scott Pfeifer.

Daughter Kim curled for Scotland at the women's worlds last year in Grand Prairie where she was sixth last year.

"When it comes to curling, it really is a small, small world," she said.

"It's such a thrill to come back and play my last world seniors for Scotland in my old hometown. Right now those are my emotions," she said.

"Because this one was here and because it'll be my last one for Scotland, I can't tell you how much I wanted to make sure we qualified to get here."

FOURTH WORLDS

It's her fourth trip to the senior worlds.

She won silver in 2003 in Winnipeg, gold in 2005 in Paisley, Scotland and lost a tie-breaker in Copenhagen last year, although she skipped the only team to beat Ingrid Meldahl's world champions who are here to defend their title this year.

"But when this is over, my husband and I are going to go house hunting, probably on the south side where we used to live," she said of her husband being transferred back home by Master Flo Valve.

"Right now I'm trying to think mostly of curling. But I'm sure I'll be thinking a lot about leaving two of my children and five of my grandchildren back in Scotland.

"One family lives five minutes down the street one way and the other five minutes down the street the other way," she said of home in Aberdeen.

Kim married former world junior champion Tom Brewster who manages the new curling area in Aberdeen.

On the other hand, she's coming home to Canada where her mother and dad live.

Sitting behind the glass as the event opened here yesterday were Jim and Ellen Kidd, 82 and 83, watching their "kid" score a 15-1 over New Zealand for openers.

"My first memory of curling was at the dinner table with salt and pepper shakers," said Carolyn.

Her parents, who now live in Belleville, Ont., cringes at that memory.

"My husband and I were both curlers and both of us were skips. We had the salt and pepper shakers in the positions of the rocks in the house and I was saying 'I thought you should have done that!' We were staring to raise our voices.

"All of a sudden Carolyn grabs the salt and pepper shakers away from the table so we wouldn't raise our voices anymore."

A swimmer and a skier who went on to teach swimming and skiing, Carolyn said it's a miracle she took up curling considering how she felt about the sport in the first place.

"The first time she tried curling her skip used to say 'Draw here, stupid!' and 'Take this out, stupid!'

"He gave her a hard time. She's done a lot better than him, I'd like to point out."

BACK TO SHAMROCK

Her husband Drew was the one who finally convinced her to go back to the curling rink, in this case the Shamrock.

"He suggested it. I told him 'I don't like that game. They shout at you!'"

Daryl and Katie Horn taught here and Daryl coached her son to the world title.

It ended up she's the one doing the shouting now, if 'Hurry Hard' counts with her team of Jean Robertson, Trudie

Milne and Linda Lesperance coached by Pat Lockhart, mother in law of Jackie who skipped a world women's championship team for Scotland in 2002.

"We're going to miss her," said Lockhart

"It's sad for us. Now we'll have to find another girl from Edmonton to take her place.

"I used to have a girl from Edmonton, Val Lineham, as my third, but she moved back here. It was at the same time I met Carolyn. She was sitting there watching and somebody said she wasn't a bad player. So I nabbed her.

"Once I discovered how good she was, I demoted myself to third and made her skip."


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