When Team Saskatchewan hits the ice at the Scotties next month in Moose Jaw, it will be with heavy hearts.
Aly Jenkins death in October shocked the entire curling community and is still on the minds of many.
“That’s definitely something we will be thinking about. She means a lot to the curling world and as a mother…it’s hard,” Team Saskatchewan third Stefanie Lawton said while fighting back tears.
“We will be thinking about her and we’ll be working our hardest to represent Saskatchewan…because of her.”
Jenkins, of Warman, Sask., passed away giving birth to her and husband Scott’s daughter Sydney.
She was 30-years-old at the time of her death.
The mother of three suffered an embolism after doctors determined amniotic fluid entered her blood stream. Her heart eventually gave out, but her memory will live on forever.
“We obviously really miss Aly, she was a great person and a great competitor,” Team Saskatchewan Lead Kara Thevenot said.
“It’s definitely tough and we wish her family all the best with the little ones because Scott definitely has his hands full, but he’s got a lot of great family around to help.”
Team Silvernagle beat Jenkins’ former team, Team Anderson 8-5 in Viterra’s provincial championship on Wednesday, earning them a place at the Scotties.
The Scotties take place at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw from Feb. 15-23.