Update #3! After securing a berth for the 2020 World Qualifying Event in Lohja, Finland, our fundraiser is shifting towards supporting our team cover our travel expenses to Finland! Costs will be approximately $2500 per player. That's $10,000 ! Any donation you can spare will help our team! $5 or $50 sounds just as good to us! We're excited and ready to battle! ☺️❤️ 1-2-3 Tacos!
Update#2! We got Silver at the Americas Challenge! We were the leading team coming into the final game v. the amazing USA team thanks to our collective LSDs. AND our 2nd place won us a berth to the Finland World's Qualifying event. Super proud of our team. Grateful to Coach Gallaugher beyond words. Angie and Estefy have been playing 1 year, I've been skipping less than 1 year, and we had met Monica face2face for the first time in Eveleth. #DreamTeam #AmericasChallengeCurling Thank you to Brasil and USA and Curl Mesabi for an amazing experience. 1-2-3-Tequila!!!! ❤️
Now we have a new good problem! How do we get to Finland?! We welcome your support.
Update#1! We won our debut game!
2019 is the year Mexico entered world curling by participating in the World's Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Norway! Hurrying hard on the heels of that achievement, four Mexican women have stepped up to form the first national competitive curling team to debut in the 2019 Americas Challenge in Eveleth, MN against seasoned teams from the USA and Brazil.
Our individual team members' curling experience ranges from 1+ to 20+ years on the ice. It is true that we are a very new team, but we have taken our competition and the challenges very seriously. Our newest players, Angélica Pérez Anzures (3rd/vice) and Estefana Quintero Torres (2nd), live in Vancouver, Canada. Adriana Camarena Osorno (4th/skip) lives in San Francisco, California and still plays on hockey ice! (This will be her second WCF event in a year, after MD World's!) And Mónica Tompkins (Lead) lives and plays in Toronto where she rocks the weekly league.
To address the challenges of experience, time and distance among players, Team México recruited the fabulous and experienced coach Robbie Gallaugher. He has helped us with purposeful practice, and to develop our team agreements, appropriate goals, systems and processes. Despite our distance, we are moving forward as a team.
After the dates of the Americas Challenge were shifted from early November to Thanksgiving week, we lost our original Lead due to an insurmountable schedule conflict. There was a moment of panic, but fortunately, Mónica Tompkins (whose sons will play on the Mexican men's team!) agreed to play and saved the day. Phew!
The three of us who live on the West Coast sought opportunities to play and practice together, considering budgets and schedules. We held two weekend mini-camps with Robbie Gallaugher, for which Adriana flew up to Vancouver. We kept Mónica in the loop throughout!
Now we are 10 days away from the Americas Challenge! Unreal! As the countdown starts, we appeal to our friends and supporters with a fundraising campaign to cover the most important expenses we took on and that directly relate to ensuring that the team had, and will have, professional coaching!
Traveling on Thanksgiving week as a team means that all our airfare and lodging is steeper than we anticipated. We are hoping to raise $2500 to ease the expenses the team is covering related to Coach's airfare, lodging and travel M&IE to Eveleth. Any funds raised above that amount will go to covering other shared team costs associated to our trainings in Vancouver! But if you insist on throwing a bunch of money at us, then we'll start covering our costs of travel to Eveleth....
Words cannot suffice to say how excited we are to have this opportunity! We know the competition will be tough, world-class in fact, but we've put together a team that will act professionally, in the spirit of curling, and fight to make every stone count!
We welcome your support! We are a completely self-financed team. There is no external funding outside of our hard work of making a regular living. We are the first Mexican women's curling team and we couldn't be prouder!
p.s. We'll update our team photo as soon as we get to Eveleth!