Meet the sisters

For siblings Tracy Fleury and Jennifer Horgan, curling is a family affair.

Introduced to curling by their father when they were each five, sisters, star curlers and accountants Tracy Fleury, 29, and Jennifer Horgan, 31, remember spending a lot of time playing sports as kids, but it was sliding plastic rocks down the ice as part of the Little Rocks curling program in Sudbury, Ont., that they truly enjoyed.

Fleury and Horgan soon graduated to granite rocks and progressed through bantam and junior curling with their dad, Gerry Horgan, as their coach for many of those years. “We aged out of juniors [when I was] around 21, and that’s when we started competing on the World Curling Tour,” Fleury says. “But we didn’t have success right away — it took some time.”

It may have taken a while, but since starting on the tour in 2008, the sisters have come a long way. As part of a team representing Canada, they won gold in China in 2013 at the Yichun International and in 2015 they helped make history as members of the first northern Ontario team to play the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. That was all while representing the Idylwylde Golf & Country Club where they slid their first stones as Little Rocks.

Team Horgan was renamed Team Fleury when Tracy, the team skip, got married last June, and now the sisters have hopes of becoming one of the top 10 teams in the world, winning the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and qualifying for the 2017 Olympic trials.

Their background as accountants makes it possible for them to aim high. “I knew early on that I would need a flexible job if I wanted to pursue both my curling and career aspirations,” Horgan says, and there were signs early on that accounting was the answer. “We’ve always been numbers people, and we liked math in school,” Fleury says. “When it came time to go to university, we wanted to do something with numbers.” Both sisters wound up studying accounting at Sudbury’s Laurentian University and even worked together for a time at KPMG.

Fleury returned to Laurentian and is now the university’s manager of financial planning and analysis, while Horgan is a business analyst for Vale, a mining company. Both sisters are thankful that their jobs have made their success as curlers possible. “To be a competitive curler, you need understanding and supportive employers, and we’re really lucky to have those,” Fleury says.