Through thick and thin, fans of Robyn Silvernagle and her team continue to cheer her on during this curling season.
Dubbed the “SilverSquad,” fans have been showing up at curling events featuring Silvernagle and supporting the team.
Now, the fans are even coming in from miles away to North Battleford to check out the Northland Power Curling Centre, the venue Team Silvernagle made famous through their connection to Twin Rivers Curling Club.
The fans showed their support for Team Silvernagle at the North Battleford stop of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling in January, and it continued at other events the rest of the season.
A representative for Silvernagle reached out to the News-Optimist recently to let us know the story of one of those fans. At the end of last season, Team Silvernagle launched a contest at the final Pinty’s Grand Slam event in Saskatoon. After every draw, they picked out a winner from the crowd who most creatively showed their #SilverSquad spirit in their purple team colours.
At the end of the week, a “grand prize” of a Silvernagle shirt and jersey from the Scotties was awarded to a lucky winner.
Following their final game Silvernagle and Kara Thevenot selected Dakota Lipka from Hudson Bay and surprised her with the prize in the concourse.
On Facebook on Nov. 20, Dakota’s mom Lori-Ann Paulson Lipka reported on Facebook that Dakota made a four-hour trip to North Battleford to support her sister, who was playing on a boys AA hockey team. While in North Battleford, Dakota convinced her dad to walk her over to Silvernagle’s home rink the Northland Power Curling Centre, home of the Twin Rivers Curling Club. There, she was able to get a picture of herself wearing her Scotties jersey and Silvernagle hoodie there. The pictures were then posted on Facebook.
Team Silvernagle responded on Facebook: “We have the best fans! Thanks for stopping at our home club Dakota! Can’t wait to see you again at an event! #futurestar #SilverSquad #rolemodels”.
Team Silvernagle will be back in action again Dec. 10 to 15 at Conception Bay South, Newfoundland for the BOOST National, their latest stop on the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tour.