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Curling great Sandra Schmirler's daughter rising in the sport's ranks

02/19/2015 11:07 EST | Updated 04/21/2015 05:59 EDT
REGINA - She was one of the best curlers to ever come out of Saskatchewan, and now a new generation of talent is emerging in the late Sandra Schmirler's daughter.

Sara England, 17, will help represent Team Saskatchewan at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.

The Grade 12 student, who plays third on the team, says they're all nervous and excited for their first game against Prince Edward Island on Monday.

Schmirler was a three-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion, a three-time World Champion and she won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Two years later, she died of cancer.

England says though she had a legendary curler for a mother, it was her father, Shannon England, who helped get her into the sport.

"He is the one that got me curling, he is the one that taught me everything I know to this day," she says. "I really owe it all to him."

England was just a toddler when her mother died and admits she hasn't had the chance to watch much of her mom's game.

"I don't have that many opportunities to learn from her just because she's not here with us and I don't have that many videos," she says. "Apparently I look a lot like her and when I slide apparently it's very similar."

England says she's learned a lot from attending this year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask.

She's trying to pick up things from the pros, such as how to remain calm in stressful or exciting situations.

"I would really like to learn how to control emotion," she says.

Schmirler was a fierce competitor who battled adversity and had a strong tendency to never give up. Like mother, like daughter.

"The ultimate is goal is probably just get as far as I can," says England. "I don't see myself quitting anytime soon."

(CJME)

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