If Tracy Horgan has her way, Greater Sudbury will see its first curling team ever to participate in the Winter Olympics.
Horgan's rink — made up of her, her sister, Jennifer, Jenna Enge and Amanda Gates — participate in playdowns over the next two months to decide Canada's curling team for the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
It is far from a done deal though, as the team needs to qualify at a bonspiel in Kitchener the first week of November, then play well in Winnipeg the first week of December.
It's that Winnipeg event — a by-invitation-only competition where the top 16 Canadian teams compete — that will decide the team to represent Canada.
Tracy and company had great success in 2012, finishing with a Canadian ranking of 15th and a global ranking of 27th. A pretty fine showing considering there are 232 competitive teams worldwide.
Horgan was Northern Ontario's representative at three Canadian Junior Championship in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
In 2012, the rink represented Ontario at the Scotties, Canada's women's curling championship, finishing with a record of four wins and seven losses.
In preparation for Kitchener, the team travels to Calgary this weekend for a bonspiel before heading to Winnipeg for yet another Oct 25-27.
Paul Sauvé is a curling enthusiast in Sudbury.