Just because she’s heading to Alberta’s provincial championships doesn’t mean Amanda Moizis has forgotten her small-town roots.
“I’m just excited to be going to provincials and representing Hay River,” she told The Hub last week. “I’m pretty proud to be from Hay River.”
Having moved to Edmonton to study, Moizis will be competing in the Jiffy Lube Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts this week but said she couldn’t have gotten there without the experience she gained playing here.
“My dad started me out playing, and by the time I was in Grade 3, I was hooked,” she said, crediting her love of the sport with her success so far. Moizis will likely be the youngest player at the provincial competition this week.
“It was great to be part of such a small team. With only four players, you know everyone has their role. It’s like an individual sport, that you play as a team, like the best of both.”
But coming from a small town did pose some challenges for Moizis. She said that although the team travelled to tournaments in Alberta and played against Yellowknife a lot, there was a dearth of rinks against which to test her mettle.
“Being in such a small town, it was sometimes hard to find people for that core team,” she said. “It was hard to find people who had that same dedication that I had, when I wanted to win.”
Amanda’s mother Rita Moizis said she has always been proud of her daughter and was happy to see her thrive in curling.
“It’s the same thing whether it’s my child or any young athlete,” she said. “It’s great to see young people out being active and involved and really getting everything sports can give them.”
Despite years of preparation, Amanda said she is feeling some trepidation at the thought of competing against more experienced rinks, but looks forward to the event just the same.
“It’ll definitely be a learning experience for us,” she said.
As for advice to other prospective athletes in her hometown, Amanda said to not give up and to jump at any opportunity.
“Being in a small town can be hard, people may not want it as bad as you,” she said. “But work hard, and take any chance you get to go to things like the Canada Winter Games and stuff and meet other top athletes… they could end up being your teammates.”