During her bantam and junior curling years, Gates played on Team Lilly (formerly Team Maloney) out of the Idylwylde Curling Club in Sudbury, Ontario. The team represented Northern Ontario at the 2004 Ontario Winter Games in London, Ontario. The team remained together and represented Northern Ontario at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011, where Gates played in the second position. The team's best finish was in 2010 in Sorel-Tracey, Quebec where they finished round robin with a record of 9 and 3 and went on to take a bronze medal at the event.
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