Kaitlyn Lawes

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Kaitlyn Lawes
Curler
Born (1988-12-16) December 16, 1988 (age 26)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Team
Curling club St. Vital CC,
Winnipeg, MB
Skip Jennifer Jones
Third Kaitlyn Lawes
Second Jill Officer
Lead Dawn McEwen
Alternate Jennifer Clark-Rouire
Career
Hearts appearances 4: (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
World Championship
appearances
1 (2015)
Olympic
appearances
1 (2014)
Top CCA ranking 1st (2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15)
Grand Slam victories 6: Autumn Gold: 1 (2014); Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries: 1 (2013); Players': 2 (2011, 2014); Sobeys Slam (2010); Colonial Square: 1 (2013)

Kaitlyn Lawes (born December 16, 1988) is a Canadian curler born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Lawes currently plays third for the Jennifer Jones team that represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics where they won gold medal.[1] They were the first women's team to go through the Olympics undefeated and the first Manitoba based curling team to win at the Olympics. Lawes is also a two-time Canadian junior champion (2008, 2009) and went on to win a silver and bronze medal each at the World Junior Curling Championships.

Curling career[edit]

Lawes first came into the spotlight in 2008 when she won the Canadian Junior championship. Her team went on to represent Canada at the World Juniors, where her team won bronze.

2009 was another great season for the Lawes team. They once again represented Manitoba at the Canadian Juniors, where they defended their title and once again represented Canada at the World Juniors. This time they improved their placing, taking home a silver medal [2] In addition to their great showing in junior competitions, the Lawes team also played well on the World Curling Tour, making the semi-finals in a Grand Slam event, the Casinos of Winnipeg Women's Curling Classic.

After Juniors, Lawes teamed up to play third for Cathy King who was needing a third after Lori Olson left the team to play for Crystal Webster.[3]

Following the 2009–10 curling season, Team King decided to step back from the game for a while, leaving Lawes without a team to play for. Shortly after, it was announced that Team Jennifer Jones had dropped third Cathy Overton-Clapham, and had replaced her with Lawes, in time for the 2010–11 curling season.[3] For the first half of the 2012/13 season, Lawes skipped the team, with Kirsten Wall throwing third, as Jones was expecting her first child and sat out until January. [4]

The Jones team won the right to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics when they won the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. At the Olympics the team became the first women's team to not only go through the round robin undefeated but also the first team to go throughout the whole tournament undefeated when they won the Olympic gold. They were the first Manitoba based curling team to win gold at the Olympics. After the win Lawes noted her recently deceased father stating "I know he would be so proud. This is something he knew we had it in us. I don't know how to describe it. I thought about him a lot during the game ... I wish that I could share this experience with him, but he was my inspiration."[1]

Personal life[edit]

Lawes attended the University of Manitoba.[5] She works as a sales representative for Goldline Curling Supplies and is an IMPACT Team Community ambassador for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.[6] She is also dating Scott Moir.

Teams[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead
2007-08 Kaitlyn Lawes Jenna Loder Liz Peters Sarah Wazney
2008-09 Kaitlyn Lawes Jenna Loder Laryssa Grenkow Breanne Meakin
2009–10 Cathy King Kaitlyn Lawes Raylene Rocque Tracy Bush
2010–11 Jennifer Jones Kaitlyn Lawes Jill Officer Dawn Askin
2011–12 Jennifer Jones Kaitlyn Lawes Jill Officer Dawn Askin
2012–13 Jennifer Jones Kaitlyn Lawes Jill Officer Dawn Askin
2013–14 Jennifer Jones Kaitlyn Lawes Jill Officer Dawn McEwen
2014–15 Jennifer Jones Kaitlyn Lawes Jill Officer Dawn McEwen

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