The Cougars are resurrecting curling teams decades after strong showings at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) championships in the late 80’s. Between 1986 and 1989, the Cougars curling teams won two gold medals, three silver and two bronze at the national championships.
The teams will compete in a weekly league at the Brandon Curling Club and a selection of bonspiels to help prepare them for a shot at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) nationals in Fredericton in March.
Coach Bonar has extensive experience as a player having won multiple provincial championships as a junior in 1982 and the women’s division in 1983, 1993, 1996 and 2004. In 2015 her team won the Provincial Senior Women’s Curling Championship and Canadian Senior Women’s Curling Championship. They were the runner-up in 2016 at senior provincials but went on to win the 2016 World Senior Women’s Curling Championship. In 2009, Bonar was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame as an individual in the curler category and again in the team category in 2016. She is a high performance instructor, has coached, organized leagues, did play-by-play announcing, and served as chairperson for various tournaments and bonspiels, including the 2002 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.