Team Scott disbands after years on top

The most successful team in BC womens curling history has decided to go their separate ways.

Citing fatigue and a loss of that 'fire in their belly,' Kelly Scott and her Kelowna Curling Club rink took to Facebook Thursday night to announce they would not be continuing as a team.

The announcement came less than two weeks after the rink came up inches short of a fifth consecutive BC Scotties title.

"Team Scott would like to announce that the team has made the difficult decision and will not be continuing on with this personnel next season," the team stated on its Facebook page.

Sarah (Wazney), Sasha (Carter), Jeanna (Schraeder) and Kelly (Scott) have dedicated much of their lives to pursuing the sport they love. They are extremely grateful for all the experiences they've had - to have experienced the losses together as well as the great victories has made them friends for life."

Scott, speaking with Castanet News Friday Scott says the team had committed to completing the Olympic cycle which ended back in November.

She says win, lose or draw, the team was ready to move on.

"I think the writing was on the wall - this was going to be the final year," says Scott.

"Maybe the results this year made it a little more definite. If we had gone on to the Scotties and got close at the Scotties or the (Olympic) Trials, maybe this would have been more difficult. I think in the end this was the right decision."

Scott says the team has had to put family and, in some cases, careers on hold over the past decade to pursue the sport they love together.

"The priority now has to be on family and not so much curling."

She says it has become more and more difficult to find the time to get together to try and stay on top of the curling world.

"We can't even compare what we are able to put into it now with what we did when we were world champions. The flip side of that is we had experience on our side, we were smart players, and when we were able to get together we made the most of it," says Scott.

"Our time with training and practicing together was quite minimal compared to what we did eight years ago."

The team took the opportunity to thank all their sponsors, families, coaches and various curling associations for all their support over the years.

Scott, Schraeder, Carter and Renee Simonds won BC titles in 2005 and 2005. The four captured the Canadian Scotties in 2006 and 2007 along with a world championship in 2007.

They narrowly missed out on a chance at representing Canada at the 2006 Olympics in Italy.

After Simonds was replaced following the 2009 season, the team went on to capture four more BC titles in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

In all, Scott finished on the podium in five of eight Scotties appearances, winning twice, finishing second once (2012) and third twice (2005 and 2013).

Scott also won a Canadian and world junior title while curling out of Manitoba.

As for what's next, Scott says she doesn't think any of the women know what they want to do just yet as far as a possible return to the game.

She says one or two may join together at some point in the future and put together a new team.


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