4 December 2018

Fleury eager to replicate Canada's Suzhou success

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Canadian women's skip "optimistic" about her new team's chances

Tracy Fleury says Canada's triple triumph in the Curling World Cup first leg will serve as motivation as she prepares to launch her rink's bid for gold in Omaha on Wednesday.

Earlier this year, Fleury took over from previous skip Kerri Einarson of a team which includes Selena Njegovan, Liz Fyfe and Kristin MacCuish. Fleury has been pleased with the results so far.

“We are a new team this year and we believe our team has been steadily improving throughout the season,” said the 32-year-old. “We are pleased to have already found success with a couple strong showings at Grand Slam events.

“It has been great so far. My teammates are all very easy to get along with and they have a lot of experience which helped make it a smooth transition for me joining the team.

“We are happy with our results so far and are optimistic about the future of the team.”

It will be the first time that any member of the Canadian rink will have competed in Omaha and Fleury says they “have quite a bit of family who will be making the trip” and “are looking forward to having them there with us”.

With the depth of elite teams in Canada, opportunities to play for their country can be few and far between and doing so is a source of great pride for Fleury.

She said: “Opportunities to represent your country are rare and I think that is one of the most exciting aspects about this event. We are very proud to wear the Maple Leaf and represent Canada.

“The double round-robin format is unique, as is the one-game only play-off. This is a format that we have never experienced before.”

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