John Willsey, Curling, Laurier

John Willsey, Curling, Laurier

Burlington, Ont. – John Willsey has been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Male Athlete of the Week for the period ending March 17, 2020.

Male Athlete of the Week – John Willsey, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, Curling

After playing an integral role for the OUA champion Laurier Golden Hawks in their provincial run, John Willsey stepped up once again on the national stage to help the rink soar to another championship.

Willsey was as reliable as they came this past weekend at his position, leading not only to personal success, but team triumph. The fifth-year senior was a key part of Laurier’s undefeated run to the U SPORTS/Curling Canada Championship and was named a first team all-Canadian as a result. Across the nine games, the Orillia, Ont. native curled 83%, was plus-eight over that span, and outcurled the opposing vice by at least 5% in eight of the team’s nine victories.

While he was a star throughout the national finale, he shone even brighter when the stakes were at their highest. Willsey was a team-best 91% in the Hawks’ semifinal win over Guelph and 90% in the gold medal win over Dalhousie, putting a feather in the cap of a memorable championship run.