Mom inspires Rogers

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

SYLVAN LAKE -- Leslie Rogers has someone looking over her.

Rogers's mom, Arlene, died Dec. 5 of complications arising from pneumonia, and Rogers is playing this Scotties for her.

This is the first time Rogers has skipped a team to an Alberta championship since the former Edmonton resident won the Alberta junior title in 2001.

So far, her mom's inspiration has brought her and her young team this far.

"I'm devoting everything to my mom," said Rogers.

"She'll be here with me. I didn't even know she had pneumonia. Unfortunately, you can't control that part of your life."

How the gal who grew up in Edmonton became the Cochrane Kid and the makeup of her foursome is kinda fascinating.

"I guess that's what happens," said Rogers about having to move south to finally appear in her first Alberta women's championship.

Rogers was transferred to Calgary in June of 2007 by HSBC Finance, where she works as an assistant manager.

"It doesn't matter where you go, curling's in your blood," said Rogers. "I think we'd die without it."

Rogers first met her third, Alli Nimik, at the 2001 national juniors, where Nimik was tossing rocks for the Manitoba team.

Nimik recently won the national mixed doubles competition and will be representing Canada at the inaugural worlds event in Italy in April.

Her second, Teryn Hamilton, is playing her first year at the women's level after two national junior appearances.

"We have a fairly young crew, which is fantastic," said Rogers.

"We've got lots of energy on our team. I'm the oldest one. It's how my dad (Les) plays, too. He stays the oldest. I guess I have to learn from that."

Rogers has changed up her look a bit since moving to Calgary, with a two-tone hairdo shading ... mostly blond with black highlights.

"My dad says the hairdresser must have run out of colour," Rogers said. "Some things might change when you move to Calgary, but I still get my hair done in Edmonton."

It could be a hairy week for this inexperienced crew.


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