Breanne Meakin

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Breanne Meakin
Curler
Born (1990-04-16) April 16, 1990 (age 27)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Team
Skip Briane Meilleur
Third Breanne Meakin
Second Janelle Vachon
Lead Sarah Neufeld
Career
Hearts appearances 2 (2011, 2014)
Top CTRS ranking 4th (2011-12)
Grand Slam victories 1
Autumn Gold: 1 (2011)

Breanne Meakin (born April 16, 1990 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian curler. She is a four-time Manitoba Junior Champion and a one-time Canadian junior champion (2009). She has won a silver medal at the World Junior Curling Championships.[1]

Career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

Meakin had a successful Junior career. At the Canadian Junior Curling Championships she won silver in 2007 and gold in 2009. While playing lead for the Kaitlyn Lawes team at the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships Meakin won a silver medal.

2010–2013[edit]

In 2010, Meakin would get a call from Cathy Overton-Clapham, who was unexpectedly dropped from Jennifer Jones’s successful team, to play third stones on a new team, which included Raunora Westcott and Leslie Wilson, who were also let go from Jill Thurston’s Manitoba team. Together the team would win their zone playdowns in attempt to get to the 2011 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts, however Meakin would not be able to participate in the provincial playdowns because she would be attending her final year at the Canadian Junior Championships. Karen Fallis would take the place of Meakin at third, ultimately winning the provincial championship. Since Fallis was part of the winning team, a decision was made that Meakin would sit as the 5th player during the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Meakin would get a chance to play third during draw 9, when the team was in a critical situation, a 1–4 record, Fallis would play lead and Westcott would sit out. However, the change could not tip the scales in favour of Manitoba and they would continue with their losing streak to Nova Scotia. The team would finish the round robin with a 4–7 record.

At the end of the 2010-11 curling season, Cathy Overton-Clapham announced that Leslie Wilson and Raunora Westcott would leave her team.[2] For the 2011-12 curling season, they would be replaced with Meakin’s former junior teammate Jenna Loder and New Brunswick junior champ Ashley Howard. The new team went on to win the 2011 Autumn Gold Grand Slam title, Meakin's first, in the fall of that year.[3] The team would also do well at the next Slam, losing in the semi finals of the 2011 Manitoba Lotteries Women's Curling Classic. That year, Meakin would play in her first provincial championships at the 2012 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The Overton-Clapham rink had a disappointing event, finishing with a 5-2 round robin record, and losing in a tiebreaker. The team ended the season on a high note however, losing in the finals of the final Grand Slam of the year, the 2012 Players' Championship to Stefanie Lawton.

The 2012-13 curling season would be less successful for the Overton-Clapham rink. They played in four Grand Slams in the year, but failed to qualify for the playoffs in any of them. At the 2012 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic they went 2-3, at the 2012 Manitoba Lotteries Women's Curling Classic they went 2-3, at the 2012 Colonial Square Ladies Classic they went 2-3 and at the 2012 Masters they went 1-4. At the 2013 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts they finished the event with a 4-3 record, again missing the playoffs. Following the season, Meakin left the team to form her own rink with Katherine Doerksen, Brian Meilleur and Krysten Karwacki.

2013–2014[edit]

Meakin began skipping her own team for the first time in her career for the 2013-14 curling season, with teammates Katherine Doerksen, Briane Meilleur, and Krysten Karwacki. Her rink would play in their first Slam together at the 2013 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Women's Classic. The team went 1-3 at the event, but it included a victory over former world champion Mirjam Ott.[4] The team played in one other Slam that season, the 2013 Colonial Square Ladies Classic. In that event, the team was much more successful, going 5-2 in qualifying, including a win over Chelsea Carey. However, the team lost in the quarter-final of the event, against Allison Flaxey. Later in the season, Meakin was invited to be the alternate for team Manitoba at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

For the 2014-15 season, Meakin will have a new team of Lauren Horton, Lynn Kreviazuk and Jessica Armstrong and will be based in Ottawa.

Personal[edit]

Meakin is the daughter of 1995 World Champion Rob Meakin.

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
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Autumn Gold Q C Q DNP
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries F SF Q Q
Colonial Square N/A N/A Q QF
Masters N/A N/A Q DNP
Sobeys Slam (Defunct) SF N/A N/A N/A
Players' Championships Q F DNP DNP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cameron, Allen (2010-09-23). "Junior Athlete of the Week: Breanne Meakin". Canadian Curling Association. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  2. ^ Wiecek, Paul (2011-04-05). "Front-end realignment for Cathy-O's team". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  3. ^ Ashley Prest (October 25, 2011). "Curling Finals". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  4. ^ http://worldcurl.com/events.php?task=Event&eventid=3063&view=Team&teamid=70953

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