Jen Gates

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Jennifer "Jen" Gates (born April 22, 1990)[2][3] is a Canadian curler from Sudbury, Ontario. Gates is a two-time Canadian university champion and a two-time Northern Ontario provincial champion.

Jen Gates
Other namesJenny Gates[1]
Born
Jennifer Gates

(1990-04-22) April 22, 1990 (age 31)
Team
Curling clubIdylwylde G&CC,
Sudbury, ON
Career
Member Association Northern Ontario (2003–2011; 2018–present)
 Alberta (2012–2018)
Hearts appearances3 (2012, 2019, 2020)
Top CTRS ranking5th (2017–18)

CareerEdit

Bantam and junior curlingEdit

During her bantam and junior curling years, Gates played on Team Lilly (formerly Team Maloney) out of the Idylwylde Curling Club in Sudbury, Ontario. The team represented Northern Ontario at the 2004 Ontario Winter Games in London, Ontario.[4] The team also represented Northern Ontario at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in 2009, 2010, and 2011, where Gates played second.[5][6][7] The team's best finish was in 2010 in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, where they finished the round robin with a 9–3 record and went on to take a bronze medal.[6]

UniversityEdit

In 2009, Gates played second for the Laurentian University team, skipped by Amanda Gates, and won a bronze medal at the CIS Canadian Curling Championship in Montreal, Quebec.[8][9]

Gates played second for the Laurier Golden Hawks, winning two consecutive national university titles (2011 and 2012).[10][11] The team's win in 2011 gave them the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2012 Karuizawa International Curling Championship in Karuizawa, Japan, which they won, defeating Switzerland's Team Tirinzoni in the final.[12] In 2012, they represented Canada at the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy, where they finished with a 4–5 record and out of the playoffs.[13]

Women's curling (2012–2018)Edit

Gates, together with teammates Laura Crocker and Sarah Wilkes, moved to Edmonton and began training out of the Saville Community Sports Centre. With the addition of Rebecca Pattison, Team Crocker was formed. They had a successful 2012–2013 season, finishing eighth on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS).[14] Team Crocker's CTRS ranking gave them a spot at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Pre-Trials in Kitchener, Ontario, where they finished with a 2–3 record and out of the playoffs.[15] The team made player changes in both the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons, with Erin Carmody replacing Wilkes in 2013 and Chelsea Carey skipping in 2014, moving Crocker up to third and bringing in Taylor McDonald at second, replacing Pattison.[16] In the 2015–16 season, Kelsey Rocque replaced Carey as the team's skip. On the World Curling Tour, Team Rocque won the Red Deer Classic, defeating Switzerland's Alina Pätz in the final,[17] and defeated Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni to win the CCT Uiseong Masters in Korea.[18] On the Grand Slam tour, Team Rocque qualified for play-offs at the 2015 GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 1, the 2015 National, the 2016 Players' Championship, and the 2016 Humpty's Champions Cup. They participated in the 2015 Meridian Canadian Open but failed to qualify.[19] The team's performance in the previous season qualified them for a spot at the 2015 Canada Cup of Curling in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where they finished with a 2–4 record.[20]

During the 2016–17 curling season, the team lost in the quarterfinals of the 2016 GSOC Tour Challenge and failed to qualify for the playoffs at the 2016 WFG Masters, the 2016 Boost National and the 2017 Meridian Canadian Open.[19] At the 2016 Canada Cup of Curling, they went 2–4 again.[21] The team qualified for the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Pre-Trials, making it to the B semi-final, where they lost to Krista McCarville.[22] On the Grand Slam tour in 2017–18, the team missed the playoffs at the 2017 Boost National, but followed up by making it to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Meridian Canadian Open.[19] With Crocker as skip, the team missed the playoffs at the 2018 Players' Championship.[23]

Women's curling (2018–2020)Edit

In 2018, Gates moved back to Sudbury and joined the Krista McCarville rink at second. The team won the 2019 Northern Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts[24] and represented Northern Ontario at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, where they placed fourth, losing to Rachel Homan in the 3 vs. 4 page playoff game.[25] Gates was on the First All-Star team for being the best second during the round robin portion of the tournament, curling an 83% average.[26][27] The team once again the Northern Ontario championship the following year at the 2020 Northern Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts, going undefeated in round robin play and beating Camille Daly, Laura Johnston, Krysta Burns, Amanda Gebhardt, Bella Croisier, and Abby Deschene, before beating Krysta Burns again in the final, which qualified them for the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.[28] Team McCarville once again lost the 3 vs. 4 game to Ontario and Homan for the second year in a row.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Gates is a curling and communications manager at the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club.[30] She is in a relationship with Brett Burke.[31] Her sister is Amanda Gates.[32]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Junior Athlete of the Week: Jenny Gates". Curling Canada. October 7, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "CurlingZone – Everything Curling".
  3. ^ "Personal details".
  4. ^ Tim Phillips, " Hack to Hack" ,The Sudbury Star, 10 March 2004.
  5. ^ "2009 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championship (W)" (PDF). Canadian Curling Association. May 3, 2010. p. 1. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "2010 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Women's Curling Championship" (PDF). Canadian Curling Association. May 3, 2010. pp. 2, 4, 43. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "2011 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Women" (PDF). Canadian Curling Association. May 27, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 4, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  8. ^ "Lady Vees Take Out Defending Champs at Curling Nationals". OUA. Laurentian Voyageurs. March 28, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  9. ^ "Huskies Too Much Bite for Lady Vees at Curling Nationals". OUA. Laurentian Voyageurs. March 30, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "Memorial and Wilfrid Laurier Win the CIS/CCA University Curling Championships". Curling Canada. March 17, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  11. ^ "Laurier Women and Alberta Men Golden at CIS/CCA Curling Championships". Curling Canada. March 18, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  12. ^ "Gold and Silver Medals for Canada in Karuizawa". Curling Canada. January 29, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  13. ^ "XXVI. Winter Universiade 2013". World Curling Federation. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  14. ^ "Curling Canada | 2012-2013 CTRS Standings – Women".
  15. ^ "Crocker 2–3 at 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar". CurlingZone. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  16. ^ "Jen Gates: Teams". CurlingZone. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  17. ^ "CHAMPION: Rocque Wins 2015 Red Deer Curling Classic". CurlingZone. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  18. ^ "CHAMPION: Rocque Wins 2016 CCT Uiseong Masters". CurlingZone. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  19. ^ a b c "Jen Gates: Events". CurlingZone. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  20. ^ "Rocque 2–4 at 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling". CurlingZone. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  21. ^ "Rocque 2–4 at 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling". CurlingZone. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  22. ^ "2017 Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials — Women: Standings/Draw: Women's Playoffs". Curling Canada. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  23. ^ "Walker". CurlingZone. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  24. ^ "McCarville 6–0 at 2019 Northern Ontario Scotties". CurlingZone. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  25. ^ "Homan and Team Ontario Advance to Scotties Semifinal". Curling Canada. February 23, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  26. ^ "Award Winners and All-Stars Announced at Scotties Tournament of Hearts". Curling Canada. February 24, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  27. ^ "2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Cumulative Statistics By Team: Northern Ontario". Curling Canada. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  28. ^ "CHAMPION: McCarville Wins 2020 Northern Ontario Scotties Championship". CurlingZone. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  29. ^ Wyman, Ted (February 22, 2020). "Veteran Homan books spot in Scotties semifinal with spectacular shot in ninth end against McCarville". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  30. ^ 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Media Guide: Team Northern Ontario
  31. ^ "2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Media Guide" (PDF). Curling Canada. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  32. ^ Liewicki, Nathan (December 3, 2016). "Gates girls' relationship better than ever". The Brandon Sun. Retrieved June 27, 2020.

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