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October 01, 2019

Meet Team Brandwood: A talented team of must-watch curlers competing on the Ontario Women's Curling Tour

Team Brandwood - Four talented and experienced curlers

Team Brandwood brings together some of the best and accomplished curlers playing in Ontario.  Skip Chelsea Brandwood, Vice Brenda Holloway, Second Riley Sandham, and Lead Hilary Nuhn bring together almost 50 years of collective successful provincial competitive curling experience.  All four players can call themselves provincial champions in their own right and in their first year as a team, they not only earned a spot to compete at the 2019 CurlON Scotties Tournament of Hearts but the team also finished ranked 7th on the World Curling Tour (WCT).  Certainly, they are a team that has proven they can compete with the best of Ontario's female curlers. 

For the upcoming competitive curling season, they are laser-focused on winning the 2020 CurlON Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Cornwall, Ontario which gives them the opportunity to represent Ontario in Curling Canada's 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts National Championships in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  These ladies know first hand that lofty goals and big dreams often make for big moments. 

SeeWhatSheCanDo is super excited to be an official sponsor of Team Brandwood for the 2019-2020 professional curling season.  By supporting them, we aim to help these exceptionally talented athletes focus on meeting their performance goals, showcase their efforts to be their best, and together help the world experience the excitement of women's professional curling. As the season progresses, we'll share individual team member stories, tournament highlights, curling tips and tricks from the pros, and more. 

Team Brandwood's Accomplishments

Team Brandwood trains out of St. Catharines Golf and Country Club. Below you'll find highlights of the curlers' accomplishments.

Chelsea Brandwood (Skip) - Curling accomplishments 

        (Chelsea Brandwood - 2019 CurlON Scotties Tournament of Hearts - Elmira Curling Club)

2018 CCAA National Participant & Academic All-Canadian

2018 OCAA Provincial Champion & First Team All-Star

2018 Female Tournament Athlete of the Year (Niagara College)

2018 Varsity Curling MVP Award (Niagara College)

2017 Varsity Curling MVP Award (Wilfrid Laurier University)

2014, 2015, 2016 OUA Provincial Champion (Wilfrid Laurier University)

2015 Quest for Gold Carded Athlete

2015 Canadian Junior Championships - Silver Medalist

2015 U21 Women’s Provincial Champion

16 time Ontario Provincial Finalist

Chelsea is 24 years old, calls St. Catherines, Ontario home and is a human resources professional.

Brenda Holloway (Vice) - Curling accomplishments

          (Brenda Holloway - 2019 CurlON Scotties Tournament of Hearts - Elmira Curling Club)

2016 CIS Academic All-Canadian

2015, 2016 OUA Provincial Champion (Wilfrid Laurier University)

2016 OUA First Team All-Star (Wilfrid Laurier University)

2016 Quest for Gold Carded Athlete

2015 Canadian Junior Championships - Silver Medalist

2015 Canadian Junior Championships - First Team All-Star

2015 U21 Women’s Provincial Champion

11 time Ontario Provincial Finalist

A professional kineseologist and a current Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography student, Brenda lives in London, Ontario and is 25 years old.

Riley Sandham (Second) - Curling accomplishments

                       (Riley Sandham - 2019 CurlON Cash Spiel #3 - Leaside Curling Club)

2018 U21 Mixed Double Provincial Champion

2015, 2016, 2018 OUA Provincial Champion (Wilfrid Laurier University)

2018 OUA First Team All-Star (Wilfrid Laurier University)

2018 Varsity Curling MVP Award (Wilfrid Laurier University)

2018 U21 Women’s Provincial Runner-Up

2016 U21 Women’s Provincial Semi-Finalist

2014 U18 Optimist International - Silver Medalist

11 time Ontario Provincial Finalist

Riley works as a professional kinesiologist, lives in St. Catherines, Ontario and is 25 years old.

Hilary Nuhn (Lead) - Curling Accomplishments

                                (Hilary Nuhn - 2019 CurlON Cash Spiel #3 - Leaside Curling Club)

2018 U21 Women’s Provincial Runner-Up

2016 U21 Women’s Provincial Semi-Finalist

2014 U18 Optimist International Silver Medalist

2013 U18 Mixed Provincial Champion

10 time Ontario Provincial Finalist

Hilary hails from Listowel, Ontario, works as invoicing clerk and is 23 years old.

2019 - 2020 Team Brandwood competitive curling schedule

Ontario (Women's) Curling Tour

Team Brandwood will compete in four events of the Ontario Curling Tour (OCT) in 2019 including the KW Fall Classic, the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard, the Gord Carroll Curling Classic (Whitby) and the Part II Bistro Ladies Classic (Wingham).  They will also defend their 2018 Championship title when they return to Whitby to compete in this year's Gord Carroll Curling Classic.

Created to promote competitive curling from a grassroots level, the OCT enables some of the best male and female curlers from across the province to play against each other and compete for prize money.  These OCT events also enable Canadian curling teams to accumulate Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points.  These points help teams to qualify for such events as the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials and the Canada Cup of Curling.  A number of the OCT events also count as World Curling Tour (WCT) events.* 

                           (Team Brandwood - 2019 CurlON Cash Spiel #3 - Leaside Curling Club)

Team Brandwood & SWSCD - Showcasing women's competitive curling together

SeeWhatSheCanDo is super excited to be an official sponsor of Team Brandwood for their 2019-2020 professional curling season.  Our efforts to support them will not only enable these exceptionally talented athletes to focus on meeting their performance goals, but will allow SWSCD to showcase the Team's efforts to be their best and together create a greater awareness and excitement around women's professional curling.

                         (Team Brandwood - 2019 CurlON Cash Spiel #3 - Leaside Curling Club)

Supporting and connecting to Team Brandwood

Connect with each player of Team Brandwood directly through SWSCD.  Simply click on each of their highlighted names above and you will head directly to each of their SWSCD athlete profile pages.  Consider commenting on this and other articles related to Team Brandwood if you're interested in learning more about the world of professional and competitive curling in Ontario and Canada.  You can also connect with Team Brandwood through their social media channels on Instagram (@team_brandwood) and Facebook (@teambrandwood).

Show your support for Team Brandwood by following each player on SWSCD and letting them know you're behind them.  Plan to take in one of their scheduled OCT or provincial championship qualifying event(s) and see first hand the exceptional curling that happens at the highest levels of the game in Canada.

 

                            (Team Brandwood - 2019 CurlON Cash Spiel #3 - Leaside Curling Club)

See More SWSCD Team Brandwood Coverage

Head to "Second time's a charm: Team Brandwood earns a spot in the 2019 Ontario Scotties" to get the inside scoop on qualifying for the Ontario Provincial Championships. 

To learn more about what happened at last year's 2019 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts, check our SWSCD Photo Blog "The 2019 Ontario Scotties: The battle to be the best in the province" that highlights some great moments for all eight teams (including Team Brandwood) who competed to represent Ontario at the National Curling Championships - the Scotties Tournament of Hearts - in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

         (Chelsea Brandwood - 2019 CurlON Scotties Tournament of Hearts - Elmira Curling Club)
(*Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_Curling_Tour)

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