Taylor McDonald

Taylor McDonald (born May 12, 1993) is a Canadian curler originally from Edmonton, Alberta. McDonald plays second for team Laura Walker. McDonald previously played second for team Kelsey Rocque, with whom she won gold at the 2014 World Junior Curling Championships and the 2017 Winter Universiade.

Taylor McDonald
Born
Taylor McDonald

(1993-05-12) May 12, 1993
Team
Curling clubSaville Community SC,
Edmonton, AB
SkipLaura Walker
ThirdKate Cameron
SecondTaylor McDonald
LeadNadine Scotland
Career
Member Association Alberta (2011-2018; 2019-present)
 Manitoba (2018-19)
Hearts appearances1 (2019)
Other appearancesWJCC: 1 (2014)
Universiade: 1 (2017)
Top CTRS ranking5th (2017–18)

Junior Career

McDonald began her junior curling career in the 2011–12 on team Kelsey Rocque. She won gold representing Canada at the 2014 World Junior Curling Championships during her final season with the team.[1]

Women's Career

For the 2014–15 season, McDonald joined team Chelsea Carey at second, with Laura Crocker as third and Jen Gates as lead. McDonald appeared in her first Grand Slam of Curling event, the 2014 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic. She was reunited with her old skip Kelsey Rocque for the 2015–16 season, with the remainder of the team remaining the same. The team won the 2016 CIS/CCA Curling Championships in 2016 with the University of Alberta, qualifying them for the 2017 Winter Universiade. The team made the decision to miss the 2017 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts to participate in the Universiade.[2] The team won gold at the Universiade, beating Russia's Victoria Moiseeva 8–3 in the final.[3]

In March 2018, McDonald announced she was joining a Winnipeg-based team skipped by Allison Flaxey, with third Kate Cameron and lead Raunora Westcott. The team participated in two Slams and finished sixth at the 2019 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts. McDonald was invited to be Team Fleury's and team Manitoba's alternate at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. She played in one game, Draw 11 against Nunavut, where she curled 75%.[4] McDonald also spared for Fleury at the 2019 Players' Championship where they had a quarterfinal finish.

On March 15, 2019, it was announced that McDonald would join the new team of Laura Walker, Kate Cameron and Nadine Scotland for the 2019–20 curling season. They did not qualify for the playoffs in their first two events, the 2019 Cargill Curling Training Centre Icebreaker and the Booster Juice Shoot-Out before winning the 2019 Mother Club Fall Curling Classic after posting a perfect 7-0 record.

Personal life

McDonald currently lives in Winnipeg. She is employed as a mortgage broker for Mortgage Design Group.[5]

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLead
2011–12[6]Kelsey RocqueKeely BrownTaylor McDonaldClaire Tully
2012–13Kelsey RocqueKeely BrownTaylor McDonaldClaire Tully
2013–14Kelsey RocqueKeely BrownTaylor McDonaldClaire Tully
2014–15Chelsea CareyLaura CrockerTaylor McDonaldJen Gates
2015–16Kelsey RocqueLaura CrockerTaylor McDonaldJen Gates
2016–17Kelsey RocqueLaura CrockerTaylor McDonaldJen Gates
2017–18Kelsey RocqueLaura CrockerTaylor McDonaldJen Gates
2018–19Allison FlaxeyKate CameronTaylor McDonaldRaunora Westcott
2019–20Laura WalkerKate CameronTaylor McDonaldNadine Scotland

References

  1. "Rocque leads junior women to gold for Canada". Curling Canada. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  2. "Taylor McDonald ready to represent Canada at Universiade". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  3. "Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque wins curling gold at 2017 Winter Universiade in Kazakhstan". Edmonton Journal. February 7, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  4. "2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Draw 11: Manitoba vs Nunavut". Curling Canada. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  5. 2018 Home Hardware Canada Cup Media Guide: Taylor McDonald
  6. "Taylor McDonald Teams". CurlingZone. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
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