World Junior Sportsmanship Award to Darcy Nevill

Sportsmanship award winners Darcy Nevill and Eirin Mesloe
Sportsmanship Award winners, Darcy Nevill and Eirin Mesloe. Photo © WCF / Cheyenne Boone.

25 May 2022 – The New Zealand Juniors Men's team didn't bring home any medals with them from the recent World Junior Championships in Sweden, and in fact finished at the foot of the table.

However, NZ's Darcy Nevill did receive the recognition of his fellow competitors who voted him and Norway women’s skip, Eirin Mesloe, as best exemplifying the spirit of curling throughout the tournament.

They were presented with the event's Sportsmanship Awards by Chief Umpire Joaquim Reimertz at the closing ceremony.

The 2021 Championship was one of many events canceled by Covid, so this team was an all-new Kiwi side from the one that finished 6th in 2019 and 8th the following year.

They went into the Championships expecting it to be a learning curve, and it's fair to say that they weren't disappointed. Although they challenged early on in some of their games they were unable to sustain that pressure throughout 10 ends.

However but the experience the team gained through the week should prove invaluable when they and the NZ Junior Women return to Europe in December for the World Junior-B Championships. The top three Men's and Women's sides from the Junior-B event will qualify for the 2023 World Junior Championships in Germany.