Michelle Englot's Winnipeg team will will get another shot at claiming an elusive victory at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, replacing Rachel Homan as Team Canada.
Englot, vice-skip Kate Cameron, second Leslie Wilson-Westcott and lead Raunora Westcott put together a memorable run at the 2017 Scotties in Sct. Catharines, Ontario, before losing a thrilling extra-end final to Ontario's Rachel Homan.
With Homan'steam now bound for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, by virtuie of its victory at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings earlier this month in Ottawa, they will have to decline a return trip to the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts because of scheduling conflicts - the team is travelling to South Korea while the 2018 Scotties is in progress.
That means Team Englot will assume the Team Canada title for the 2018 Scotties, set for January 27-February 4 in Penticton, British Columbia.
Team Englot will also compete at the 2018 World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by Service Experts, as part of Team North America.
"Obviously, our focus this season was on the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, but with this amazing opportunity, we will be getting to work very quickly to prepare for the Scotties, as well as the World Financial Group Continental Cup," said Englot.
"I have so many amazing memories associated with competing at the Scotties, and to have the chance to compete as Team Canada is an absolute privilege, and one that we can't wait to experience."