Biggar's Robyn Silvernagle and her story about reaching the pinnacle at the Viterra Scotties in Estevan, is one of the most unlikely journeys you will ever see in the game of curling.
Robyn's time on the home front was a very challenging one itself due to her son Kolt's health, but like Kolt, Robyn battled and worked her way to the top of the province for Women's curlers.
The new look Team Silvernagle was put together quickly, and they only managed one practice, before heading to the Viterra Scotties Last Chance in their home Twin Rivers Curling Club in North Battleford.
Robyn and lead Kara Thevenot, made some calls, and the new team began to take shape.
“We got a hold of Kelly (Schafer) and she's like, yep, this is my kind of season. Then we contacted Sherry (Just) and she was a yes. So, we had a team practice and played in the last chance in North Battleford and came out of the B side", Silvernagle said.
The team really came together at provincials and played some solid games, and in another intriguing story, Robyn played her mother Anita twice, in high stakes games.
“I don't know if I've really played her (Anita), I was trying to think about that. I know I played her team back a while ago in Red Deer, but she wasn't there. We had lots of fun out on the ice (in Estevan) and we knew that we were kind of cheering for each other too, especially when it was in those games that we were in,” Robyn added.
This is the third time Robyn and Kara will be heading to the Scotties, but the first for Just, Schafer and their 5th Skylar Ackerman. Silvernagle is looking forward to the experience and sinking it all in.
“It's such a fun experience and not everybody gets to go to the Scotties and experience that, so I think we'll really take it all in and really cherish it. And seeing games through the eyes the newcomers is also exciting,” Robyn said. “It should be a lot of fun, and I think we will take it in this year, because you never know if you are going to get back,” she added.
The Silver Squad will begin their 2023 Scotties at 8pm this Friday in Kamloops, British Columbia, against Team Nova Scotia.