Where are they now? Gates, Serresse
In Sudbury, it hasn’t been all that difficult to follow the ongoing development of our young curlers. It’s a well-documented fact that a number of them have enjoyed a great deal of success in their youth, with a solid portion choosing to remain pretty close to home when their high school days were over.
By what of those who end up out of town?
One might argue that Jen Gates, the younger sister to Team Horgan lead Amanda Gates, can boast a curling resume that is the equal of her sibling, even if it’s a lesser-known fact for a good chunk of the casual curling fans in the area.
A two-time CIS champion during her time at Wilfrid Laurier, Gates now calls Edmonton home, having made the move west back in the fall of 2012, joining two of her university teammates at the Canadian Curling Association National Training Centre.
The move was partly in preparation for the 2013 World University Games in Trentino, Italy — an event that will always hold special memories for Gates.
“Any chance to represent your country is an incredible honour,” she said. “We didn’t do as well as we had hoped, but it was still an amazing experience.”
With a few roster changes out of the way, Gates now finds herself grouped with skip Chelsea Carey, vice Laura Crocker and second Taylor McDonald. A very impressive collection of talent, the team fell in the Alberta Scotties final to the Val Sweeting rink, silver medallists at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Moving forward, don’t be the least bit surprised if Jen Gates is every bit as likely to grab the curling headlines, even in Sudbury, alongside her more well-known older sister.
Two years removed from suiting up for his final game as a member of the Laurentian Voyageurs men’s basketball team, Collège Notre-Dame graduate Georges Serresse is enjoying his time on the hard court every bit as much now as any of time during his impressive post-secondary career.
A member of the ABC Trois Rivières national Division 3 team in France, Serresse currently calls Saint-Gilda-des-Bois home, just a short drive from the Atlantic seaboard.
Still in his rookie year with the team, Serresse is hoping to earn a spot with one of the higher division teams next year.
“Since I am playing in a lower division, I feel like the refs call fouls a lot easier than back home in the CIS, where I felt like it was a little bit more physical,” said the long-time Valley East resident. “After getting into foul trouble during the first couple of games, I had to learn to lower the physicality and still play good defence.”
Having shared the court at L.U. with the likes of perennial all-stars Alex Ratte and Manny Pasquale, Serresse is being asked to shoulder more of the load offensively with his new squad, one that has only just made the jump from the regional level this year.
Off the court, Serresse is enjoying a belated family reunion, returning to the homeland of his father, Olivier.
“Playing in France gave me the opportunity to bond with my cousins, aunts and uncles, from both my mom’s and dad’s side,” said the 26-year-old. “Having lived in Canada my whole life, it has been hard to really be part of their lives, and basketball brought me closer to my extended family.
“Other than that, learning a new culture is always interesting. Not only do you discover new things, but it also makes you appreciate the little things from back home that are now missing in your new adventure.”