November 9, 2010
Blixhavn a stay-at-home competitor
By JIM BENDER, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Last year, Killarney’s Lisa Blixhavn competed in the provincial women’s championship in her new hometown despite being six months pregnant.
This month, Blixhavn has agreed to become an emergency replacement for Brandon’s Terry McNamee at the Canadian Mixed Championship in Morris because his lead, Tanya Enns, recently discovered she is in the family way.
“I lucked into that,” Blixhavn admitted. “Tanya found out during the Selkirk spiel (early October) that she is expecting twins so, she decided to step aside.
“I know I wasn’t the first option because I’m not a lead, but I was an option and I said I could do it.”
But she only agreed to do it with her husband, Jeff, who will have to look after their son Evan (who will be six months old on Nov. 14), in Morris while she is competing.
Enns, by the way, is not due to give birth until May.
“This is very early but she is doing it on doctors’ advice and there are more important things in life than curling,” said Blixhavn, who recalled how she felt during the provincials last season. “You get so tired and if I would have had to sweep, I wouldn’t have done it.”
But Blixhavn, who has been a back-end player since junior, has not swept much over the years.
“I’ve been out practising draws, draws, draws and ticks, ticks, ticks,” she said.
Blixhavn (nee Roy) has been to a national Mixed before, though — at third for Doug Armour of Souris in 1999 — and was recruited by third Lana Hunter, not McNamee.
Blixhavn is now looking forward to curling in a national event in Manitoba.
“I’m very excited about that,” she said. “If it wasn’t in Morris, I probably couldn’t have come. I think it will be fantastic.”
Allan Lawn is the second for McNamee, who could not be reached for comment.
McNamee, who is making his fourth trip to the Mixed, will open against Saskatchewan on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Other teams competing in Morris include Nova Scotia’s two-time champion Paul Flemming and New Brunswick’s Charles Sullivan.
FINAL DRAFT: Curl Manitoba is in the process of drawing up the final draft of its bid to host the 2013 Canadian Curling Trials, executive director Shane Ray said. The official bid must be submitted to the CCA by Monday.
“We’re optimistic and fairly excited,” Ray said.
HOUSECLEANING: Both reigning Manitoba champion Jill Thurston and fellow Manitoban Cathy Overton-Clapham earned $4,000 when they lost semifinal games at a women’s cashspiel in Red Deer, Alta., last weekend. That moved both teams into the top 10 in the CTRS women’s standings … When Mike McEwen beat fellow Manitoban Jeff Stoughton in a Grand Slam final on the weekend, he climbed into second in the men’s CTRS standings … West Kildonan’s Andrew Wickman defeated Deer Lodge’s Michael Johnson 7-3 in the final of a Manitoba Curling Tour spiel at the Rossmere Curling Club Monday night to earn $4,000. Johnson got $2,000.
COMING UP: Look for Portage to land a women’s provincial championship soon ... Reigning Canadian champion Jennifer Jones will be one of four teams competing at a women’s Grand Slam event in New Glasgow, N.S., which conflicts with a Scotties Berth Bonspiel in Brandon this weekend … Also on tap is a World/MCT spiel in Swan River, which conflicts with a Safeway Southern Berth Bonspiel in Portage, and another MCT cashspiel in Thunder Bay. However, the one scheduled for Gimli was cancelled due to a lack of entries … a Masters Men’s Bonspiel will wrap up Friday.