A women’s curling team that has represented the Yukon for more than 10 years has announced its members will be going their separate ways.
Team Koltun – Chelsea Duncan, Patty Wallingham, Jenna Duncan and Sarah Koltun – announced in an Instagram post Friday that their run together has come to an end.
“Our time together has been filled with highs and lows, laughter and tears, wins and losses and through all of that, we became a family,” the post says.
Team Koltun has attended the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Canada’s top competition for women’s curling teams three times.
In 2014, they were the first Yukon rink to attend the competition in 13 years after defeating N.W.T.’s Team Galusha in a playdown.
The team was named Sport Yukon’s Team of the Year twice – in 2009 and 2010.
After a break in 2016, Team Koltun attended their third Scotties. They were ousted in the pre-qualifying tournament.
“The four of us have so much love and respect for each other,” said Koltun from Langley, B.C. on Monday.
The 23-year-old said the team going their own way is a chance to learn from other people.
“All four of us will be playing next season,” she said. “We just won’t be playing together.”
Koltun will be playing with Galusha’s N.W.T. rink, it was announced this afternoon.