It seemed like a
natural assumption. Given the curling prowess displayed by Marymount
Regals’ elementary skip Krysta Burns as she guided her team to the
Rainbow Elementary Curling title in January, not to mention the
natural family tie-in with older sister Kaitlynd (a member of the
Vanessa Maloney rink that attended Jr Nationals this year), it’s
only fitting that curling would sit as Krysta’s favourite sport.
Not so fast,
corrects the well-spoken Grade 7 student and youngest of three
children in the family. “Hockey is my favourite” she smiles,
although, truth be told, most physical activities appear to meet her
approval. “Every sport I’ve tried, I’ve liked.”
While she continues
to remain active in soccer, basketball and hockey, she knows that
her five or six years of experience, much of which was gleaned with
the Idylwydle Little Rocks program, sets her apart from many others
attempting the sport for the very first time.
Very patient by
nature, Krysta Burns can empathize easily with curling beginners as
she recalls her early ventures out on the ice. “I didn’t think it
would be that hard to slide down the ice – I don’t remember it
really well, but I’m pretty sure I fell a lot”, she admits quite
And from that, she
learned. “You have to be very patient, because you’re not going to
get it on the first try – keep working at it, eventually you will
get it” she explains of the advice she would provide to any
struggling curling freshman.
A definite student
of the game who displays signs of strategy use well beyond her
years, Burns appears to be an ideal fit as skip, balancing a
calmness and willingness to tackle the make or break shots while
constantly supporting those around her.
“You can’t get mad
at people – if they mess up a shot or if they bump the other team’s
rock in, you can’t get mad at them” she acknowledges, noting the
importance of keeping her teammates in a positive frame of mind.
Despite her exposure
to plenty of intensity-filled curling matches over the years (she
attended the Canadian Junior championships with her family in Salmon
Arm – B.C. earlier this year), Burns insists it is still just a
“The game is not as
much fun if you’re really serious”, she says. In many ways, this was
in part what made her team that also included Monica Graham, Michela
Nero and Christina Mozzon quite so much fun.
practices, in the middle of nowhere, someone would make a joke a
everyone would laugh.” A member of the student athletic association
at Maymount Academy, Burns loves the fact that it’s “a school full
It seems a given
Krysta Burns will continue to remain involved in athletics
throughout her schooling years. Just be sure to expect to see her
always doing it with a smile.