Amber Holland

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Amber Holland
Curler
Born (1974-07-10) July 10, 1974 (age 40)
Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Team
Curling club Callie CC,
Regina, Saskatchewan
Skip Amber Holland
Third Cathy Overton-Clapham
Second Sasha Carter
Lead Chelsey Matson
Career
Hearts appearances 5 (1999, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012)
World Championship
appearances
1 (2011)
Top CCA ranking 2nd (2010-11)
Grand Slam victories 1: (Players, 2008)

Amber Holland (born July 10, 1974 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian curler. Holland skipped Saskatchewan's team to a national women's championship in 2011 by defeating defending champion Jennifer Jones in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and won a silver medal at the 2011 Capital One World Women's Curling Championship. She also won a national championship at the junior level in 1992, and captured a silver medal at the World Junior Curling Championships in 1993 after losing in the final.

Curling career[edit]

1992-2010[edit]

Holland's first experience curling at the national level came at the 1992 Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Vernon, British Columbia, where she skipped her Saskatchewan team to a national championship. Her teammates at the event included Angela Street, Tracy Beach and Cindy Street.[1] Holland and her rink represented Canada at the 1993 World Junior Curling Championships, where they captured the silver medal.[2]

After beginning play on the women's circuit after her junior career was finished in 1993, Holland did not have immediate success. She has played in Saskatchewan's provincial playdowns ten times,[3] but did not appear at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts until 1999, when she served as an alternate for her former junior teammate Cindy Street. She also served as an alternate for Tracy Streifel's team at the 2006 event.[4] Holland competed in Canada's Olympic curling trials in 2001 and 2005. She skipped her own entry in 2001, and played as an alternate with Sherry Anderson's rink in 2005.[3]

Holland's 2011 championship rink of third Kim Schneider, second (and Kim's sister) Tammy Schneider and lead Heather Kalenchuk got together since 2005. In 2008 they won the World Curling Tour Players' Championships.[2] The team was coached by Merv Fonger and the alternate was Jolene Campbell.[4]

2010-2012[edit]

On January 10, 2010, Holland advanced to her first Scotties Tournament of Hearts as a skip by defeating Sherry Anderson 9-6 in the final of the Saskatchewan championship in Eston. Skipping team Saskatchewan, Holland's rink finished the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts with a 6-5 record, out of the playoffs. Holland captured the Ford Hot Shot skills competition at the 2010 tournament, defeating Ontario lead Kari MacLean to win a two-year lease on a 2010 Ford Taurus.[5]

Holland and her rink again represented Saskatchewan at the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. They started the round robin portion of the tournament with an eight-game winning streak, and finished in first place overall. Holland played defending champion Jennifer Jones in the final. The final was tied at seven heading into the final end. Holland stole a single point to win after Jones missed her final shot. After the tournament, Holland was awarded the Sandra Schmirler Most Valuable Player Award. Sandra Schmirler skipped the last team from Saskatchewan that won the national championship in 1997.[6] At the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Holland and her team would have a difficult time, finishing round robin with a 6-5 record. They would not make the playoffs, marking the first time since 2008 Team Canada would not be in the playoffs.

After seven years of playing with her Canadian Championship winning team, Holland announced that she would leave her squad (Kim Schneider, Tammy Schneider, Heather Kalenchuk). Holland told her team she wanted to go in another direction. Kalenchuk decided to step away from the game for a few years. Kim Schneider moved to play with Deanna Doig, and Tammy Schneider did not curl competitively during the 2012-13 season. This splitleft the four players ineligible for $72,000 worth of federal funding earned from winning the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and they will forfeit their spot earned in the 2013 Olympic Curling Pre-Trials.[7]

2012-Current[edit]

For the 2012/2013 curling season, Holland formed a new team consisting of longtime alternate Jolene Campbell at third, Brooklyn Lemon at second, and Dailene Sivertson, who previously played for Kelly Scott, at lead.[8] Holland's new lineup finished 3rd at the 2013 Saskatchewan Scotties Tournament of Hearts and did not advance to the final 8 in any of the 4 Grand Slam events entered. Their best World Curling Tour event was 3rd place at the 2013 Pomeroy Inn & Suites Prairie Showdown. Following the season, the team made a minor lineup change, with Lemon and Sivertson switching places.

Team history[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead
1991-92 Amber Holland Angela Street Tracy Beach Cindy Street
1992-93 Amber Holland Angela Street Tracy Beach Cindy Street
1997-98 Amber Holland Kay Montgomery Patty Bell Lisa Lewis
1998-99 Amber Holland Kay Montgomery Karen Purdy Patty Bell
1999-00 Amber Holland Kay Montgomery Karen Purdy Patty Bell
2000-01 Amber Holland Kay Montgomery Karen Purdy Patty Bell
2002-03 Amber Holland Kay Montgomery Karen Purdy Patty Bell
2003-04 Amber Holland Karen Purdy Carla Mack Patty Bell
2004-05 Amber Holland Karen Purdy Carla Mack Patty Bell
2005-06 Amber Holland Kim Schneider Tammy Schneider Heather Seeley
2006-07 Amber Holland Kim Schneider Tammy Schneider Heather Seeley
2007-08 Amber Holland Kim Schneider Tammy Schneider Heather Seeley
2008-09 Amber Holland Kim Schneider Tammy Schneider Heather Seeley
2009-10 Amber Holland Kim Schneider Tammy Schneider Heather Kalenchuk
2010-11 Amber Holland Kim Schneider Tammy Schneider Heather Kalenchuk
2011-12 Amber Holland Kim Schneider Tammy Schneider Heather Kalenchuk
2012-13 Amber Holland Jolene Campbell Brooklyn Lemon Dailene Sivertson
2013-14 Amber Holland Jolene Campbell Dailene Sivertson Brooklyn Lemon
2014-15 Amber Holland Cathy Overton-Clapham Sasha Carter Chelsey Matson

Personal life[edit]

Holland started curling when she was 11.[2] She served as the technical director for the Saskatchewan Curling Association from 1997 to 2009. In 2009, she was appointed executive director of the organization.[4]

Grand Slam record[edit]

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Autumn Gold Q QF Q QF Q Q Q Q SF
Colonial Square N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A R16 Q
Masters N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Q DNP
Canadian Open N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Players' DNP C Q DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Former Events[edit]

Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Wayden Transportation Q DNP Q N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sobeys Slam N/A Q Q N/A QF N/A N/A N/A
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Q Q Q QF Q Q Q Q

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