Cathy O sacked by Team Canada
By JIM BENDER, QMI Agency
|Cathy Overton-Clapham (left), with skip Jennifer Jones, was blindsided and hurt by Team Canada’s decision to drop her. (ANDY CLARK,Reuters files)
Cathy Overton-Clapham was still in a state of shock 24 hours after her teammates told her she was no longer wanted as third for Canada’s reigning women’s curling champion Jennifer Jones.
“I was totally blindsided, for sure, and obviously very disappointed,” Overton-Clapham, 40, told the Sun on Thursday. “They just said things were getting stale and they needed more excitement and vision.”
Overton-Clapham was the all-star third at the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and among the top thirds at the women’s world championship, where Jones settled for a disappointing bronze medal.
“One of the hardest things about this is that I earned the right to compete at the (2011) Scotties (as defending champ), the Canada Cup and the Continental Cup, and that’s been taken away,” she said, her voice emotional.
Jones, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin told Overton-Clapham of their decision together on Wednesday.
Officer was guarded when reached by the Sun Thursday.
“We have no comment right now but I guess all I can say is if you can hang tight, you’ll have some details,” Officer said.
It is believed the foursome is looking to add a younger player.
There have been rumours the team is eyeing reigning Canadian junior champion Rachel Homan of Ottawa.
“There may never be a right time to do this but there is a better time,” Overton-Clapham said. “It’s April and it’s going to be difficult for me to put together a team for next year.
“You know, I get that things have to be done to get better and I get that this is a business team but if we are all business partners, don’t you think you should talk to your business partner, too?”
Overton-Clapham added that the team plans to issue an official press release about her departure on Friday.
The Jones foursome has won three consecutive Canadian women’s curling championships and four overall.
However, they have only one world title in four tries and fared poorly at the Olympic trials in December.
With files from Sean Grassie