Rachel Homan leads 1st women's team at men's Grand Slam of curling event
Ottawa rink beats Thomas in Elite 10 competition
Ottawa's Rachel Homan joined the list of women breaking the gender barrier in sport by earning her first win at the Grand Slam of Curling men's invitational in Victoria, B.C. on Friday.
Homan claimed a 1-up victory over Calgary's Charley Thomas in her third match play appearance following a history-making debut on Thursday alongside third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney, and lead Lisa Weagle.
Thrilled to pick up a win at the <a href="https://twitter.com/grandslamcurl">@grandslamcurl</a> Elite 10! One more round robin game vs the men today. 📷 Anil Mungal <a href="https://t.co/tGcWWY77NK">pic.twitter.com/tGcWWY77NK</a>—@TeamHoman
Friday's result completed a turnaround after an inauspicious start in her opening two matches.
The women's team faced Toronto's John Epping in the Elite 10's second draw to begin competition Thursday afternoon. Although Epping controlled the play and beat Homan 4-up in five ends of the match play event, the score was not what Homan's team was most concerned with.
"Not the result we hoped to start with but fun out there taking on the game's best men in front of supportive fans," the team tweeted between draws on Thursday.
Not the result we hoped to start with but fun out there taking on the game’s best men in front of supportive fans! Carruthers at 7:30pm PT.—@TeamHoman
Homan had a stronger second match against Winnipeg's Reid Carruthers.
The 26-year-old Homan hung in there, claiming her first end before Carruthers went 2-up to close out the night.
Curling is just one of several sports to see women take part in men's competitions.
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Kaillie Humphries became the first woman to pilot an all-female team in a men's four-person World Cup bobsled race in January.
Humphries and American Elana Meyers Taylor have been the loudest voices in a quest to add a four-woman division. Both made history last year when they joined mixed-gender four-person teams.
In December, Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados registered her first shutout in a men's professional hockey league. The two-time Olympian made 33 saves in the Southern Professional Hockey League.