Words cannot adequately convey the sense of pride all of Rainy River District feels over Team Canada winning the silver medal at the world mixed curling championships in Champéry, Switzerland.
There was an avalanche of local interest, of course, because the rink featured Stratton siblings Trevor Bonot and Jackie McCormick, along with Thunder Bay couple Megan and Kory Carr. And what an amazing story for a couple of “rink rats” whose start on the ice at the small curling club in Stratton culminated with representing their country so well on the world stage.
Squaring off against 37 teams divided into five pools, the format presented a challenge to the foursome compared to what they're used to facing at competitions and bonspiels back here in Canada. But they showed great skill and poise in finishing atop Pool 'E' with a 6-0 record, then beating Poland, Russia, and Norway in the playoff round before finally falling to Scotland in the gold-medal game after rallying late to send it to an extra end.
No doubt also helping was the tremendous support the rink received from its cheering contingent that made the trip to Switzerland, as well as all the messages, texts, e-mails, and posts from more than 1,000 followers on its Facebook page. “Indescribable,” Trevor noted, while Jackie said she was left in tears on more than one occasion by it all.
Their tremendous accomplishment goes far beyond bringing home the silver medal, though. Through years of staunch dedication, perseverance, and effort, they've shown young people any dream can be achieved no matter where you may hail from originally.
That is the true legacy of Team Bonot.