January 15, 2013 Facebook Twitter Linkedin

Story by Agnes Chick

For third-year Catholic Studies for Teachers student, David Easter, curling is more than an extra-curricular sport. It’s a passion that has taken considerable time, patience and practice over the past 15 years.

It’s no wonder that Easter is thrilled about his recent accomplishments as part of Team Squires from the St. Thomas Curling Club.

On Sunday,  January 6, Team Squires participated in the 2013 Pepsi Junior Provincial Curling Championships at the Highland Country Club. Easter, along with Aaron Squires, Jason Camm and Curtis Easter, won the title with 9-5 against the Huntley Curling Club from Ottawa.

 “We had a really successful season coming up to provincials,” says Easter. “All of our hard work was aimed at reaching this point and moving on to Nationals.”

Easter feels fortunate to attend King’s University College while focusing on his love for curling. Not only has his academic experience been exceptional, he has found it to be a nurturing environment in terms of balancing school work with activities outside of the classroom.

“I came to King’s mostly for the program, the small classes and intimate environment,” Easter notes. “It’s nice getting to know your professors, but it really helps to get to know the students as well. I know most of the people in my classes.”

With a supportive environment, Easter has been able to focus on his studies while growing as a professional athlete. Originally introduced to curling by his grandparents at a very young age, Easter’s love for the sport has lead him a spot competing against the top teams in Canada.

Team Squires, now representing Team Ontario in the 2013 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, will be heading to Fort McMurray, Alberta from February 2-10. Competing against teams from each province and territory in Canada, Easter and his fellow teammates are thrilled to make it this far.

“Curling takes a long time to develop the skills to compete professionally,” says Easter. “Our team has put a lot of time into the sport to perfect our strategy. That’s why we did so well at provincials – our strategy was much stronger than other teams. We love what we do and it has definitely paid off.”

The winning team of the Canadian Junior championships will move onto the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

For more information about the National Championship visit www.fmoilsandscurlingclub.com/