Kesa Van Osch practises Tuesday night at the Nanaimo Curling Centre. She will skip Team B.C. at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts starting Saturday, Jan. 27, in Penticton. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s Van Osch sisters together as Team B.C. at Tournament of Hearts

Kesa, Marika and Kalia Van Osch, along with teammate Amy Gibson, begin nationals Saturday, Jan. 27

Back when Nanaimo’s three Van Osch sisters were curling together in the juvenile division it was easy to say, ‘oh, they’ll make it to the Scotties one day.’

Easy to say, maybe. Not easy to do, to be sure. But Kesa, Kalia and Marika Van Osch and their teammates have done it, and will be Team B.C. at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts starting this week.

“It puts a lot in perspective, and it also makes you feel happy you put the work in for it, because curling, at the national level, is a lot of work…” said Kesa, the oldest sister and the skip. “It really shows the discipline we’ve put in over the years has really, finally, actually paid off. It’s really nice, because lots of teams don’t get that opportunity.”

Team Van Osch made it on the first try, in a way, with Marika, the youngest sister, now aged up to the women’s division.

“We were supposed to be building, learning as a team, kind of figuring out things,” said Marika, who plays third. “So to achieve this our first year was pretty crazy.”

Kesa, Marika, Kalia, who plays second, and Amy Gibson, the lead, didn’t necessarily curl consistently all season, but they peaked at the right time. At Curl B.C.’s women’s championships at the Victoria Curling Club earlier this month, Team Van Osch dominated the playoffs and earned Team B.C. jackets.

“We really found our groove, we really felt comfortable out there, it just felt right for once,” Kesa said.

As the team embraced after its championship win, Kesa said she was not only excited but also proud to be able to win for her teammates, and with them. She’s the only one who’s been to the Tournament of Hearts before, having represented B.C. in 2014.

“It’s a very different dynamic, a very different team,” she said. “This team’s really close. We’re more like family – we are family.”

Kalia said the Scotties Tournament of Hearts is the ultimate dream and while she acknowledged that she and her teammates might not be the favoured team, she said they’ll be able to handle themselves on the big stage.

“The biggest thing that’s helped us this year is focusing on what we’re capable of and doing it to the best of our abilities,” she said.

Marika said that’s been the team’s mindset since provincials, to continue to work on the things that have gotten them to this point.

“Our coach always says, ‘you don’t have to do anything different, you’ve just got to do the same thing better,’” she said.

Team Van Osch is coached by Bill Tschirhart. Rachelle Kallechy is the alternate. The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is being held at Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre from Jan. 27-Feb. 4. Team B.C.’s first game is Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. when it takes on Team Canada, skipped by Winnipeg’s Michelle Englot. Look for more coverage later this week at www.nanaimobulletin.com/sports.



sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Thieves can’t steal Nanaimo’s tubbing spirit

Thieves pilfer motors, but good friends and hard work get tubbers back on course

Youth council chairman wants to move up to Nanaimo city council

Michael Ribicic declares candidacy in fall’s local government election

Tilray shares show gains in opening trading

Investors buy, sell in rush on stock offered by Nanaimo-based cannabis producer

‘Extremely heavy’ bench stolen from Nanaimo park

Distinctive bench taken from Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park

B.C. Supreme Court issues fire safety order for Discontent City

Discontent City has one week to comply with fire order

Through your lens: Okanagan wildfires

Check out some of the captivating images and video from social media of the wildfires

Beefs & Bouquets, July 19

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Final arguments made at tent city hearing, court won’t rule immediately

Lawyer says City of Nanaimo is concerned occupants would consume hand sanitizer

UPDATED: Cougar shot by police in Nanaimo

Shooting occurred in water at Nanaimo Yacht Club at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday

NRE will sell its land, plans for a new depot there are ‘over’

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange board decides to sell Kenworth Road property

World’s translators push back on forcing Trump interpreter to testify

Democrats had asked translator to testify about Trump’s lengthy conversation with Putin in Helsinki

No decision on B.C. school stabbing suspect’s mental fitness for trial

The BC Review Board could not determine whether Gabriel Klein, 21, is fit to stand trial

Canadian government threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

U.S president had suggested that auto imports pose a national security risk to the U.S.

Wildfire evacuation order forces bride to search for new wedding venue

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is under an order due to the Mount Eneas wildfire south of Peachland

Most Read