Your news this week: Scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro - pg. 2 Play And Learn Wraps Up - pg. 5 Lamont County Hockey Results- Pg.6 Read us online at www.lamontleader.com twitter.com/lamontleader Vol.2,8,Tuesday, No. 19 Tuesday, April 2013 Vol. 7, No. November 8, 2, 2011 National college curling champion coming home Jazmine Inkster Student Reporter Local curler Kenton Maschmeyer is one of the many curlers coming out to take part in the 25 anniversary of the Last Chance Bonspiel and play in the celebrity mini game. However, this avid curler has had plenty of experiences that stretch far beyond the bounds of Lamont County. Maschmeyer’s college team from NAIT recently won the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Curling Championship, which they hosted in March at the Avonaire Curling Club. “To win it in your own club is pretty special” he added. As well, when Maschmeyer was 16, he went to the Alberta Winter Games in Wainwright, placing third. Maschmeyer began curling young, at only 10 years old here in the Lamont Recreation Center, is where he got the beginnings of his training and time on the ice. Now, he is part of two curling teams (his college team at NAIT, and a junior team from Fort Saskatchewan) “I’m probably on the ice six days a week” explained Maschmeyer “Quite a bit of time is committed to curling” Along with all of the support from his parents, Maschmeyer also attributes some of his success to the Alberta Rocks junior camps, where he was told that he had potential, and a good chance of making it in the sport. Apart from his time spent curling, Maschmeyer also is a student at NAIT, and enjoys working on the farm, as well as spending time with friends during his free time. Taking part in the Last Chance Bonspiel here in Lamont is not a new experience, as he has put in a team for the last three years. H o w e v e r , Maschmeyer looks forward to curling with the celebrities who have come to take part, such as Heather and David Nedohin, as well as former premier Ed Stelmach. “It will be cool to curl with some of the people I cheered on as a kid” As far as his own goals, Maschmeyer hopes to one day be able to curl in the Tim Hortons Brier saying it would really be a dream come true. “This year, we got the opportunity to curl on the Brier ice before the games.” His team was one that went out and had a few ‘test runs’ on the ice to make sure that it was up to performance level when the games began. For now though, he will continue playing with his college team, as well as here in the bonspiel, and says he plans to keep curling well into his future. Kenton Maschmeyer is bringing his team of friends to participate in the Last Chance Bonspiel. Maschmeyer will also be taking part in the Celebrity Mini Spiel. Pictured from left to right: Courtanne Bolduc, Ben Bellamy, Taylore Theroux, and Kenton Maschmeyer. JAZMINE INKSTER PHOTO Elmer Pullishy (left) was putting some final touches on the curling lanes made in the hockey arena for the Last Chance Bonspiel. Action gets underway Wednesday (April 3). Opening ceremonies will kick off Friday at 8 pm, featuring celebrity curlers such as Kenton Maschmeyer who’s team won the CCAA National Championship.