Cortisone helps keep Cathy O in competition

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:25 AM ET

"Cathy O" still plays in pain perhaps too often.

Despite orthoscopic surgery on her knee back in the summer of 2005, Cathy Overton-Clapham needs to take cortisone shots every season.

"It's fine," the third for Manitoba's Jennifer Jones assured while removing a knee brace after a practice at the Fort Rouge Curling Club last week. "I have a cortisone shot at the start of the year and I usually have another one after the New Year and it makes a huge difference. I do physio on it and work at the gym so, it's fine. There hasn't been any issue with it."

Overton-Clapham claimed that she will be OK for the Canadian Curling Trials that start in Edmonton this Sunday. "I don't see any issues," said the best women's third in Manitoba history. "We don't ever play two games a day, so there will be lots of rest in-between."

But, one wonders, how long does she plan to keep doing this? "As long as I can compete with everyone else, I think I will still stick it out -- and as long as I'm having fun," she replied.

UNDER REVIEW: Both the CCA and COA will review the qualifying process for the next Olympic cycle, which means they may change the way the select curling teams to represent Canada at future Olympics.

"You look at other countries, they select two or three teams and they fund the crap out of them," said Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton. "It's tough to argue with the way it is now because we've had success. We've always medalled ... They might switch. They might take two or three teams under their wing and fund them full-time for a full year and they can just be curlers and I think that would be great for the young up-and-comers."

SCOTTIES SEEDS: Assiniboine Memorial's Janet Harvey, who has had a great season on the local cashspiel circuit, has been named the No. 1 seed for this weekend's Scotties Tournament of Hearts city zone playdowns, to be held at the Thistle Curling Club. Fort Rouge's reigning provincial champion Barb Spencer is No. 2. Rounding out the top five are: Fort Rouge's Kerri Flett, Deer Lodge's Jill Thurston and Holly Scott of Fort Rouge, in that order ... Winkler's Henry Klassen, Brandon's Linda Van Daele and Stonewall's Arlene Deprez have qualified for their respective senior provincials through berth bonspiels.


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