Family has come calling for Jeanna Schraeder.
As a result, the Kelly Scott curling rink has put out the call for Victoria’s Dailene Sivertson.
Schraeder, who has played third for the Kelowna team for the past nine years, has decided to take a year off from curling for the birth of her third child.
Sivertson, a three-time B.C. junior champion, will move into Schraeder’s position at third.
Schraeder and her husband, Jeremy, are expecting in November, just as the 2011-12 curling season kicks into high gear.
“It’s exciting, family comes first and we’re both very excited about it,” said Schraeder. “The team is also excited for us. I know I’ll likely miss the curling, but I know I’m going to be pretty busy at home.”
As for any plans to rejoin the Scott team in the future, Schraeder said those have been put on hold—at least for now.
“We’ll address that when the time comes,” she said. “Right now we’re not committing to anything. This is a big year coming up for the team with (Olympic) trial positioning, so that’s what’s most important for them. There’s no commitment either way right now, so we’ll see what happens.”
From the skip’s perspective, Scott assures Schraeder’s presence on the ice will be missed, but for all the right reasons.
“Number one, we’re always happy for that player when they’re adding to their family,” said Scott. “We’ve had a lot of babies on the scene over the last few years. The same thing goes for (second) Sasha (Carter) who’s expecting in a few weeks.
“Every one of us has had to balance family and curling, so we’re thrilled for Jeanna. She’s given us the go-ahead and we appreciate that.”
As for the addition of Sivertson, Scott said her team will be bringing aboard one of the country’s most promising young curlers.
Sivertson skipped her rink to the B.C. junior title in 2007, 2010 and 2011, and won a silver medal at the Canadian junior championship last year.
“Being a young player, Dailine will certainly bring excitement and spunk to the team, so we’re looking forward to that,” Scott said. “On top of that, her credentials are great. The fact that she’s comfortable being in the house, being able to help with strategy is great. It should be a natural change for her to play third.”
For Sivertson’s part, joining a rink with Scott’s record of success her first year out of junior was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.
“It was a pretty easy decision for me,” said Sivertson, 20. “Kelly is a great player and there’s a lot of experience on that rink. It’s a great opportunity my first year out of junior to learn lots and become a better curler.”
With Schraeder at third, the Scott rink enjoyed tremendous success over the last decade at the provincial, national and international levels.
The Kelowna team has won four B.C. women’s titles, two Scotties Tournament of Hearts national championships (2006 and 2007), the World Women’s Curling Championship in 2007, as well as numerous World Curling Tour events.
The local rink, which also features Sasha Carter and Jacquie Armstrong, recently attended its sixth Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Prince Edward Island where the B.C. champs posted a 7-4 record, before losing in a tiebreaker to Nova Scotia.