Kerry Galusha is one of the nicest people you'll meet on the curling ice. She's also an 11-time Scotties participant, representing the Territories.
As Gregory Strong writes for Canadian Press, Thursday night she'll head into the first pre-qualifying for the Scotties, trying to earn her spot in the big field, which has created a weird feeling for her.
“It’s kind of weird because we’re going to the Scotties and everybody is congratulating us because we’re going to the Scotties,” Galusha said in a recent interview. “But we’re not really in the Scotties yet. So it’s a bit of a different mindset.”While it might not be so unusual for rinks that have never played in the event before, for Galusha's foursome, it means a totally different situation than her past trips.
It’s quite a change for teams who are used to the traditional routine on the eve of the tournament. The Friday schedule usually includes some practice time, a skills competition and then an evening banquet.
“We don’t get to experience that – none of it,” Galusha said. “We’ll be playing our pre-qualifying games while everyone else is doing all that stuff. So it’s different. Like I said, that’s why we’re just going in thinking this is just another playdown to get into the Scotties because we’re not in yet.