Renée Sonnenberg

Renée Sonnenberg (born Renée Handfield[1] March 22, 1971) is a Canadian curler from Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Renée Sonnenberg
Renée Handfield

Hearts appearances4 (1999, 2001, 2013, 2014)
Top CTRS ranking8th (2005-06, 2013-14)
Grand Slam victories1
Manitoba Lotteries: (2011)

Sonnenberg had a fairly successful junior career, having won two provincial junior titles in 1989 and 1990. She placed third at the 1989 Canadian Junior Curling Championships.[2] At the 1990 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, her team finished 4-6, out of the playoffs.[3]

In 2001, Sonnenberg won the provincial mixed title, playing third for Kurt Balderston. They finished the round robin tied for first with another six teams at a 7-4 record. They lost to Saskatchewan in their first tie breaker match, eliminating them.[4]

Sonnenberg has won two provincial titles, in 1999 and 2001. At the 1999 Scott Tournament of Hearts, she finished 5-6, out of the playoffs. At the 2001 Scott Tournament of Hearts, she finished 4-7, missing the playoffs again. Sonnenberg was asked to be the alternate player for Team Alberta (skipped by Kristie Moore) at the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, following losing to Moore in the final of the 2013 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts. In 2014, she was also asked to be the alternate player, this time for the Valerie Sweeting team.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Sonnenberg coached the Danish national team.[5]

Sonnenberg and her team qualified to play in her first Olympic Trials by qualifying out of the 2013 Olympic Pre-Trials tournament, giving her the right to play in the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials.

Sonnenberg was named as part of the Curling Canada High Performance staff, acting as the Performance Consultant & Analytics Lead for the 2018-19 National Team Program.[6]

Personal life

Sonnenberg has a husband and a son, and is employed as a teacher with the Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools.[7] She currently is running the Grande Prairie, Alberta KUMON Learning Centre.[8]

Grand Slam record

Sonnenberg's only Grand Slam victory came at the 2011 Manitoba Lotteries Women's Curling Classic.

C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Autumn Gold Q Q Q DNP Q Q Q Q
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Q Q Q DNP QF C QF Q
Masters N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP DNP
Colonial Square N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Q SF

Former events

Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Wayden Transportation Q Q Q N/A N/A
Sobeys Slam N/A DNP DNP N/A DNP


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