Kerry Galusha and her rink of Shona Barbour, Margot Flemming and Jo-Ann Rizzo were all set to take on Team Canada, the defending champions, at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary on Saturday afternoon.

That was until a menber of Galusha’s rink came down with what Curling Canada has called a suspected case of food poisoning.

The situation forced organizers to postpone the game until Monday morning at 8:30 a.m., according to a press release issued by Curling Canada on Saturday afternoon.

When reached in Calgary on Saturday afternoon, Galusha said the team was prepared to go ahead and play Team Canada with three players but officials wouldn’t let that happen because the affected player had to receive a Covid-19 test before the team could proceed.

Kerry Galusha delivers one of her skip stones versus Northern Ontario in the opening draw of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary on Friday evening. Galusha and company were set to take on Team Canada on Saturday afternoon but the game was called off following one of Galusha’s teammates coming down with what’s being described as a suspected case of food poisoning. Curling Canada photo

It’s not known which member of the team came down with the illness but the affected team member was given an assessment by the event’s chief medical officer.

The statement went on to say that the illness isn’t expected to affect the team’s progress as the event moves ahead.

“The rest of the team is not showing any similar symptoms, and have all tested negative on previous Covid tests, as recently as Friday, and have passed all twice-daily wellness checks, including (Saturday) morning,” read the statement.

Galusha said the result came back negative and all is well with all four players.

Galusha and company lost their opening contest to Northern Ontario on Friday evening, 8-7.

James McCarthy

After being a nomad around North America following my semi-debauched post-secondary days, I put down my roots in Yellowknife in 2006. I’ve been keeping this sports seat warm with NNSL for the better...

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