A large crowd wearing the patriotic red and white gave a raucous welcome home to Nova Scotia's newest curling champions when they arrived at Halifax International Airport Monday.

Chester's Mary Fay, 17, skipped her rink consisting of third Kristin Clarke, second, Karlee Burgess and lead Janique LeBlanc to the 2016 Canadian Junior Curling crown with a 9-5 win over British Columbia.

The team will now head to the World Junior Championships in Denmark on Mar. 5.

"It's a dream come true!" said Fay, with her gold medal around her neck and flowers in hand.

It will be a hectic month for both Fay and Burgess. The two Nova Scotians are on the Canadian mixed team that will leave next Tuesday for the Youth Olympic Games in Norway.

Add to that, it's exam time for Mary Fay, a grade 12 student in the International Baccalaureate program at Park View Education Centre in Bridgewater. She has to get through this week of testing before joining them in Norway. 

Fay and her Nova Scotia team follow in the footsteps of several other Nova Scotia teams who've won the Canadian junior women's crown.

In 1980, Kay Smith's team won that distinction, as well as Meredith Doyle in 1997 and Jill Mouzar in 2004. 

Nova Scotia curling champions welcome home

A group of supporters wait patiently for the champions to arrive at the Halifax airport. (Colleen Jones/CBC)