‘We want to win for her’: Outpouring of grief after death of Saskatchewan curler

SASKATOON — There’s been an outpouring of love and support for a promising Saskatchewan curler who died this week from complications during the birth of her third child.

Aly Jenkins, a member of Sherry Anderson’s rink, died Sunday at the age of 30.

Doctors determined amniotic fluid had entered her blood stream, which set off a rare amniotic fluid embolism. Her heart eventually gave out.

Teammate Nancy Martin, who plays third on Anderson’s team, said she had been waiting for a text from Jenkins when she heard the news.

Martin had curled with Jenkins for a couple of seasons and said she had an “incredible presence” and was a fierce competitor.

“She was an amazing soul,” Martin, holding back tears, said Wednesday.

“She just brought so much joy to everyone around her and was always so thoughtful of all of her friends and touching base with everyone all the time.”

Jenkins was from Warman, Sask., about 25 kilometres north of Saskatoon. She wasn’t playing this year, but kept in contact with her teammates after each game and intended to return. She also planned to attend any events that were nearby.

She will be on their minds for the rest of the curling season, Martin said.

“Never take anything for granted. We’ll be thinking of Aly, obviously, every time we step on the ice.

“We want to win for her, but, most importantly, enjoy the moments together in memory of her as well.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family and newborn Sydney. It had already raised $110,000 of its $250,000 goal by Wednesday.

Ashley Howard, executive director for CurlSask, said she knew Jenkins after playing against her for the last couple of years.

“She was just a fantastic competitor and … someone who would beat you, but she would do it with a smile on her face at the same time,” Howard said from Regina.

“It really is devastating news for the community. Our thoughts are certainly with her husband and her family at this time.”

Scott Jenkins shared his pain on Twitter. He called Jenkins an amazing wife and mother.

“She loved everyone she played with and competed against,” he said.

Six-time Canadian women’s curling champion Jennifer Jones expressed her admiration for Jenkins in a reply on Twitter.

“And she was loved by her competitors. I am so very sorry to hear this news,” she wrote. ”My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”

Howard said Jenkins and her team played incredibly at last year’s Saskatchewan championship.

“Last year Aly and her team were one shot away from going to the Scotties (Canadian women’s championship),” she said. ”They lost their provincial final on the last shot.”

A celebration of life is scheduled for Sunday at the Brian King Centre in Warman, Sask.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2019.

— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter

The Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP looking for wanted man believed to be in central Alberta

Wetaskiwin RCMP are looking for a man facing murder charges, and they… Continue reading

Red Deer 2020 Mayor’s Recognition Awards accepts nominations

Candidates can be nominated in five categories before March 9

Red Deer team punches ticket to 2020 Cheerleading World Championships

A Red Deer cheer team is hoping to become the best in… Continue reading

Ponoka RCMP bust yields crystal meth and brass knuckles

Two men and two women facing drug trafficking charges

Country music fans enjoy free concert at Red Deer mall, ahead of ACMA awards

Fans like to get up close and personal and that’s exactly what… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Feb. 1 A Jump Rope Competition will be held at the Abbey… Continue reading

David Marsden: Let’s see success at Westerner Park

It’s encouraging that Westerner Park has admitted it needs the support of… Continue reading

Lacombe to spend $15,000 over five years on stocking Len Thompson Pond

Popularity of facility means further stocking necessary

City council in Prince Albert, Sask., votes to give plastic bags the boot

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — A city in northern Saskatchewan is believed to… Continue reading

Alberta’s climate plan part of cabinet decision on new oilsands mine: Wilkinson

OTTAWA — Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says cabinet’s decision on a massive… Continue reading

Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits between Cuba and Jamaica

HAVANA — A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea… Continue reading

RDC Queens curling advance to ACAC Championships

RDC set to host the championships from Feb. 28 to March 1

Virus in China affects sports events, Olympic qualifiers

GENEVA — Amid growing concern at the spread of a new virus… Continue reading

Most Read