Tracy Fleury miss the start of the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts after testing positive for COVID-19.

Tracy Fleury miss the start of the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts after testing positive for COVID-19.

Like all participants, Fleury — who lives in Sudbury, Ont., and skips a Manitoba-based team — was required to test before leaving for Thunder Bay for the national women’s curling championship.

She is self-isolating, but the team indicated on its Facebook page that enough time had passed that Fleury could join the team this weekend.

On its post, the team said: “The good news is she is feeling well…”

The team, ranked No.1 in Canada, will play without her tonight in their opener against New Brunswick.

Regular third Selena Njegovan will take over as skip, while alternate Robyn Njegovan will fill in as third.

Curling Canada said two players from the Scotties field tested positive in pre-departure testing. The identity of the second player is unknown.

The 10-day championship includes three Manitoba teams. Team Fleury is joined by two-time defending Scotties champion Kerri Einarson of Gimli, playing as Team Canada, and Mackenzie Zacharias of Altona, who captured the Manitoba title in December.

Eighteen teams in all are competing at Fort Williams Gardens, without fans in the building.

Jason Bell

Jason Bell
Sports editor

Jason Bell wanted to be a lawyer when he was a kid. The movie The Paper Chase got him hooked on the idea of law school and, possibly, falling in love with someone exactly like Lindsay Wagner (before she went all bionic).