Brazilian Curling Duo seal partnership in Vancouver
Brazil is on its way to the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which starts on April 23, in Scotland, with a Canadian connection. Aline Goncalves, who hails from Sao Paulo but lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, and Marcelo Mello, from Rio Grande do Sul, but lives in Sherbrooke, Quebec, joined forces at the North Shore Winter Club, in North Vancouver, to prepare for Brazil’s debut in the mixed double world championship.
The duo was formed when Raphael Monticello, founder of the Brazilian Association of Curling and the Brazilian Curling Club, found out that Goncalves had been training for two years and was in search of a Brazilian team to participate in competitions.
“We owe a lot to Rapahel, who discovered Aline and for his effort in securing a place in the championship,” said Mello.
He explained that the world mixed doubles championship, differently from the male championship, doesn’t have a classifying round, and that Brazil has always had a spot but never participated.
Mello was one of the founders of the first Brazilian male curling team in 2009, in Sherbrooke, and has participated in competitions in Quebec, in addition to working as a winter sports commentator on Brazilian sports channel SporTV. Goncalves is a librarian and has been training for two years at a curling club in Whitehorse.
“We are going to play against teams that have participated in world championships, they have experience, so this is very important for us. It’s very important for Brazil. We have to start somewhere,” added Mello.
The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship takes place from April 23 to 30 in Dumfries, Scotland. The Brazilian duo will face Canada on April 28 and is expected to have fans in Brazil and Canada cheering for them.
Photos: Lucas Socio/Brazilian Vibe
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