The curling season has yet to start for most, but it has for Dauphin's Lane Prokopowich.
Lane and the rest of Team Serena Gray-Withers spent a few days last week in Alberta. The foursome was at the Kevin Martin Curling Academy inside the Saville Centre.
The three-day trek for the team included some work in the classroom, a fitness session and plenty of time on the ice.
"Taking part in this really gave us a good head start to the season. We should be ready come the fall," said Prokopowich.
The camp included several instructors. Most notably, it was Kevin Martin who has won an Olympic gold medal, world, and four Canadian Championships.
Also at the camp was Kelsey Rocque who's a rising star. Playing all of their curling in Manitoba, getting used to the style in Alberta was something the foursome had to learn.
"They definitely have some different ways of seeing the game," added Prokopowich. "We took our slides, broke it down and basically started from scratch. We went through every aspect to build things up into something that will work for us in Manitoba."
Is the team better now than they were prior to the camp? That's a no-brainer.
"They really stressed what we need to work on," she added. "We also now know more about our roles and stuff like that."
The team now gets a few weeks off. They'll play in the Morris Fall Manitoba Junior Curling Tour event.
"We're definitely really excited, especially after our camp in Alberta," she added. "This couple of weeks will be a little tough on us, but it allows us to absolutely be ready for next month."
Prokopowich will also get the chance to play at home early next year. The team will play in the Canola Growers Junior Provincial Championships, which start on January 1. They're being played at Credit Union Place and the Dauphin Curling Club.
"I've been waiting for this for so long ever since I started curling," she concluded. "When I was in Dauphin we always went to Winnipeg for provincials. Now that I'm in Winnipeg, it's going to be so great to go back home and play in that big event. Playing in front of my family and friends truly will be a very special moment."