Gander’s ‘Gushue Girls’ are ready to see Team Canada go for gold

The ‘Gushue Ladies’ are a gaggle of curling enthusiasts from Gander, known for cheering on Group Gushue with their bright pink shirts. From left: Jeanne Collins, Alice McCarthy, Lorna O’Reilly, Betty Hansen, Cindy Might and Nancy Dawe. (Submitted by way of Jeanne Collins)

Sports lovers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador are ready to see Group Gushue hit the Olympic curling rink in exactly a few days. Such A Lot can have their purple and white garments able, however six women from Gander will be dressed in their fortunate purple shirts.

Jeanne Collins, Alice McCarthy, Lorna O’Reilly, Betty Hansen, Cindy May and Nancy Dawe make up the “Gushue Ladies.” The Women have been curlers for years and were in the stands to see a few of the team’s largest curling moments.

They’ve also turn out to be well-known for his or her dresser, wearing brilliant red shirts that spell out skip Brad Gushue’s closing name.

Collins instructed CBC Information the group was the Gushue Girls at the Ottawa Brier in 2016.

“It just became out that six of us had been going to move to the Brier, and we thought, ‘Oh, wouldn’t this be fun to get those shirts made?’ Which we did.”

The shirts temporarily got the group noticed on nationwide television all through considered one of the suits that week. additionally it is where the Gushue girls name started, Collins stated, after they have been highlighted by way of TSN’s Vic Rauter.

Gander's 'Gushue Girls' are ready to see Team Canada go for gold

The Gushue Girls at the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press/File)

The six have because develop into a good-knit group of friends and curling lovers. They even incessantly check with each other through the letter they wear — for instance, Collins is called “G” and should is going by way of “U2.”

“one of the ladies got sick unfortunately, and once we were given to Ottawa, we had no E,” Collins said. “So inside the video games in Ottawa, folks might come up to us and say ‘Please! Please! Are We Able To be your E!?”

‘We Are very confident’

Shifting from the Brier to the biggest degree in sports, Collins mentioned it’s exciting to see a staff from Newfoundland and Labrador at the Olympics.

“We Are very confident. We’re an excessively small province with an overly big men’s curling staff,” she stated. “On any given day, they may be able to beat the entire groups at that Olympics.”

The Beijing Games are the second one Olympic berth for Gushue, 3rd Mark Nichols and change Marc Kennedy, who all have Olympic Gold medals to their identify. Gushue and Nichols were part of the N.L. team that won gold in 2006 in Turin.


Team Gushue’s Olympic go back has been years in the making Gushue’s Olympic berth has N.L.’s previous and present curlers celebrating

Staff second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker will make their Olympic debut when the group hits the ice Wednesday.

Gander's 'Gushue Girls' are ready to see Team Canada go for gold

Workforce Gushue will represent Canada in Curling on the Beijing Olympics Video Games. From left: Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, Geoff Walker, Marc Kennedy. (Crew Gushue/Twitter)

Collins recollects watching the 2006 final with the opposite Gushue Girls, along with the energy and nerves that got here in the final. She was even in the stands for Olympic qualifiers in Halifax the 12 months previous.

Those Olympics will most probably look so much other for the staff, as COVID-19 will keep the curling enviornment rather empty. Gushue said it will be a different enjoy however he knows family and pals will have his again.

“i believe we are going to miss having our supporters over there, being able to seem up in the stands and see them cheering us on and helping us,” Gushue stated at a media conference prior to leaving for Beijing.

With Newfoundland and Labrador loosening some of its COVID-19 regulations on gatherings Monday, the group hopes to watch some of Group Gushue’s matches in combination — all dressed in their famous purple shirts.

But wherever enthusiasts are watching from, Collins knows the workforce may have a complete u . s . a . aiding them.

“The give a boost to that this workforce has is fantastic, and it’s the similar proper across the us of a,” she said. “Even once we go to Briers away, other folks will sheepishly say, ‘Well, we’re from Northern Ontario, but we are actually rooting for Gushue.”

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