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City’s own Kelly Schafer to compete for Great Britain in 2018 Winter Olympics

Post Date:06/23/2017 8:44 AM
For Immediate Release
June 23, 2017

City’s own Kelly Schafer to compete for Great Britain in 2018 Winter Olympics

The City of Swift Current and our Community Services Division are thrilled to announce that Kelly Schafer, the City’s Recreation Coordinator, has been selected to join Team Great Britain at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Schafer will serve as the Alternate on Great Britain skip Eve Muirhead’s Women’s Curling Team – a team coming off of a bronze medal performance at the 2017 CPT World Women’s Curling Championships, held in Beijing, China. Team Muirhead also took home the bronze medal in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games held in Sochi.

Schafer, already a two-time Olympian, is excited to be heading to South Korea for her third Olympics, which will take place from February 9th – 25th, 2018.

“I’m so honored to have been given another opportunity to represent my homeland of Great Britain. This is a special moment for me and my family. The curling athletes were among the first athletes selected by the British Olympic Association to represent Team Great Britain in PyeongChang,” said Schafer. 

“I feel so privileged to be able to join a team of talented individuals in team Muirhead, who I can also call friends, and I look forward to embracing the wider concept of ‘team’ as we compete with all of the Great Britain winter sport athletes.” 

Mayor Denis Perrault is one of many local curling fans who will be cheering for two Women’s Curling teams this winter.

“As Canadians, it’s difficult to root against Canada in any competition,” said Perrault. “That being said, when one of our local residents – and an employee of the City – is competing in the Olympics, we’ll all become adopted Great Britain fans for this event. Kelly and Team Muirhead will certainly have the support of Swift Current behind them!”

Schafer will be taking a leave of absence from her position with the City beginning in July to fully concentrate on training for the Games. She will return to her position following the Olympics, hopefully sporting some fresh bling around her neck.


For more information, please contact:

Michael Boutilier
Communications & Stakeholder Relations Coordinator
City of Swift Current
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