RDC’s Marla Sherrer will be heading into the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championships on a high.
Sherrer was named the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association Female Curler of the Year on Friday.
The third-year Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant skipped the women’s team to a silver medal at the ACAC finals, earning a berth in the Canadian championships, March 23-25 in Camrose.
The Queens finished in a tie for second in this year’s Regionals, then finished first in preliminary play at the ACAC finals. She won the one-two playoff game before losing to Concordia in the gold medal game.
Sherrer’s leadership was an important part of the team’s success.
“Marla has a done a great job helping the team adjust to having two new players this year, and they’ve had a strong season,” said RDC head coach Brad Hamilton.
The native of Lacombe came to RDC with a strong background in curling at the junior level. She took over as skip at RDC from her sister Kaitlyn, who won the 2014 CCAA championship.
Marla led the Queens to fourth place in her first season and won silver the last two years. The Queens finished fourth at last year’s national championship.
“Marla does a great job with the strategy part of the game and has worked hard to become confident throwing the last two rocks,” added Hamilton. “She is quite competitive and is always trying to improve herself and the team.”
RDC Athletic Director Diane St-Denis says Sherrer is a great representative of RDC and “it’s very positive to see her recognized for her performance this season.
“Her calibre of play, in just her third year, demonstrates how curlers are improving in our program and the quality of the program is also improving from year to year.
“It’s great to see our student-athletes have success within the ACAC, which motivates them to strive for continued growth and success in the future.”