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Suzanne Birt

Suzanne Birt Canadian curler

Canadian curler
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Intro Canadian curler
Is Athlete Curler
From Canada
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 2 October 1981, Summerside, Canada
Age: 38 years
Star sign LibraLibra
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Biography

Suzanne Birt (born October 2, 1981 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island) is a Canadian curler from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Career

Juniors

Birt, a skip, is a two-time Canadian Junior Champion (2001, 2002) and a former World Junior Curling Champion (2001). She also won a silver medal at the 1995 Canada Games.

Birt had attended the 1998, 1999, and 2000 Canadian Juniors before finally winning it.

At the 2001 World Juniors, she defeated Matilda Mattsson's Swedish rink for the gold. The following year she would win the bronze.

2003–2011

In 2003, Birt qualified for the Scott Tournament of Hearts for the first time. Her team had an impressive tournament, going 10–1 in the round-robin only to lose both their playoff games. The next year she failed expectations, and her team finished 2–9 at the 2004 Scott Tournament of Hearts. In 2005, she lost in her provincial playdowns but returned to the Scotts in 2006. At the 2006 Scott Tournament of Hearts, Birt's rink finished 4–7, and at the 2007 tournament, they finished 6–5. They did make the playoffs, but lost to Manitoba skipped by Jennifer Jones in the 3–4 game. Birt played in her 5th Hearts in 2008, finishing with a 3–8 record. Upon her return to the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, this time in her hometown of Charlottetown, Birt and her team were hoping to build on the momentum left by the defending PEI Champions, headed by Kathy O'Rourke, who made it to the final of the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Unfortunately Birt would have a tough time, finishing with a 6–5 record.

2012–2016

At the very first Curl Atlantic Championship Birt and her team went undefeated in round robin play. She advanced to the semi-final where she defeated New Brunswick's Andrea Kelly. In the final Birt would meet with six time Scotties champion, and two time world champion Colleen Jones, where she would end up winning the championship, earning at trip to Switzerland to compete in the Bernese Ladies Cup. Birt and her team would have a very successful time at the event, qualifying for the playoffs. She would defeat Canada's Jan Betker in the quarter final, before losing to Canada's Jennifer Jones in the semi-final. Birt and team would play in the bronze medal game, where they defeated Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni, to place third overall in the competition.

With the departure of Birt's second Robyn MacPhee, PEI Junior Champion Sarah Fullerton, was added to the team for the 2012–2013 season. The team qualified for the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts where they finished with a 5–6 record.

For the 2013-14 curling season, Birt brought in a new front end of Michelle McQuaid and Susan McInnes. On the tour, they won the 2013 Royal LePage Women's Fall Classic. In the 2014 Prince Edward Island Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the team had a very poor showing, finishing in last place with a 1-3 record. The team had much more success at the 2015 PEI Scotties, winning the event, and qualifying for the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. There, Birt led her team to a 4-7 round robin record, missing the playoffs.

Birt formed a brand new team for the 2015-16 season, which consisted of Robyn MacPhee, Meaghan Hughes and Marie Christianson. On the tour that season, the team won the 2015 Sobeys Classic. The team won the 2016 Prince Edward Island Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and represented the province at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. There, Birt fared no better than the previous season, finishing with a 4-7 record.

2018-present

Birt took two seasons off from curling (which included winning $500,000 on an Atlantic Lottery scratch ticket in 2017), to take a "mental break". She returned to the sport for the 2018-19 curling season with teammates Christianson, Hughes and McQuaid. In her first season back, she won the 2018 WFG Jim Sullivan Curling Classic on the tour, and won her tenth provincial championship at the 2019 Prince Edward Island Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Birt skipped team PEI at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts to a 6-5 finish, good enough for sixth place, but out of the playoffs. The following season, they won the 2019 Tim Hortons Spitfire Arms Cash Spiel on the tour and they would defend their provincial title, winning the 2020 Prince Edward Island Scotties Tournament of Hearts in early January 2020.

Personal life

Suzanne married Trevor Birt in June 2008, becoming Suzanne Birt. They have two children.

Grand Slam record

Key
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 2012–13
The Masters Grand Slam of Curling Q
Players' Championships DNP

Former events

Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Sobeys Slam QF Q N/A Q
Manitoba Lotteries Q DNP DNP DNP
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http://peicurling.com/2011/09/26/suzanne-birt-rink-wins-curl-atlantic-chship-and-trip-to-switzerland/
http://peicurling.com/2012/02/14/sarah-fullerton-joins-team-birt/
https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/local/suzanne-birt-wins-half-a-million-dollars-on-atlantic-lottery-scratch-ticket-98581/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-suzanne-birt-curling-break-1.3919387
https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/hockey/birt-returning-to-competitive-curling-201129/
http://cloudfront10.curling.ca/2015scotties-en/files/2015/02/HEART-CHART-SUN-ALL.pdf
http://results.worldcurling.org/Person/Details/3086
https://www.worldcurl.com/player.php?playerid=262
https://www.curlingzone.com/player.php?playerid=262
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