After a hard-fought qualifier this past weekend, Dauphin's Anya Jackson and her curling team are off to Thompson in early March for the Manitoba Winter Games.

Jackson and her team consisting of Sawyer Elliot, Tenley Ilnisky, and Paige Kabel won both of their games to qualify for the games.

"It's a great opportunity for our team," said Jackson. "I'm really excited, and I know the other girls are as well. We worked really hard, and we all can't wait to play at the games.

The U15 women's event will feature eight teams from around the province.

"It's going to be a tough challenge, and new for us because we haven't played some of the teams," said Jackson. "I'm hoping we can play as many games as possible, and just grow as a team for the future."

The curling competition at the games will be the first games for Jackson and her team.

"The experience will definitely help us moving forward," said Jackson. "We're going to grow, and I think it's going to be great."

The U15 women's competition kicks off on March 7 at the Burntwood Curling Club.

"I'm looking forward to meeting new people, and watching other sports," said Jackson. "It's also going to be fun playing new teams, and just enjoying the overall games."

The Manitoba Winter Games kick off on March 4 in Thompson.