Curling helped formulate an incredible bond with my daughter

From: Ken Peddigrew <>
Club name: St. John’s Curling Club / ReMax Centre

My story is about how curling helped formulate an incredible bond with my daughter. There comes a point in every fathers life that his daughter is no longer a little girl. She all to quickly becomes a young woman. It’s tough but inevitable to accept the fact you are no longer the center of her world.

But with curling I have had the incredible opportunity to be her coach. And the coach of the amazing Team Locke. Cailey Locke, Katie Peddigrew, Sitaye Penney, and Kate Young. The youngest provincial champions in NL curling history! And the memories- wow – meeting Team Jennifer Jones, Team Homan, Team Sinclair and even being gifted jerseys from Team Hasselborg! Memories that will last a lifetime.

At a point in many Father’s life that their daughter asks for money and a ride to the mall … I hear the most amazing request from my daughter almost every day. “Dad – can we go curling?”

I started curling when I was 12 with my mom and a friend and her mom

From: Danielle Eriksen <>
Club name: Vermilion Curling Club

I started curling when I was 12 with my mom and a friend and her mom. We learned the game and spent that amazing quality time with adults in a positive way. That’s what curling has always been for me. Connecting with other curlers, who are some of the best people on the planet. When I started dating a non-curler, he was told he had to learn the game. My parents and I took him to a fun Spiel on Boxing Day in Irma, Alberta. He fell so many times. And hard! But he loved it. Now we both Curl regularly in Vermilion and bonspiel every weekend we can. This weekend, we are curling with my daughter and a friend for the first time. Curling has become a generational pastime and one that connects everyone in our family. I love being able to share an activity with my family.

I had noticed an ad in the Regina Leader Post offering a learn to curl

From: Warren Betker
Club name: Weyburn Curling Club

On July 1 1998, I received a phone call while driving my young daughters to a swim meet. I pulled over on the highway and was told my father had been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer and was not expected to live until Christmas of that year.

As a family, we decided that someone would stay with my dad in the hospital each night until he was well enough to return home. A few nights later it was my turn.
We played some cribbage that night and talked of many things. Eventually our discussion took us back to an early fall evening when I was in grade 8 or 9.

I had noticed an ad in the Regina Leader Post offering a learn to curl and play badminton opportunity at the Wascana Winter Club. I wanted to go. When I expressed interest, so did my older brother and my younger sister. The problem was the cost was $25 per person and our family didn’t have that money. My parents were both from rural Saskatchewan and had grown up curling. They wanted us kids to have that opportunity too. So we negotiated. To just join the curling club was $17 per person and a total cost of $51 was manageable for my parents.

What I hadn’t known until that night in the hospital, was that in discussions between my mom and dad some 25 years earlier they had agreed to scale back Christmas presents to each other so we could learn to curl.
As he lay in his hospital bed, with tears in his eyes, he told me it was the best $50 he had ever spent.

You see, earlier that winter, I had competed in my second national Mixed Curling Championship in Owen Sound, Ontario. But more significantly, in February of that year my younger sister had returned from Nagano, Japan with an Olympic Gold Medal for curling. That was the pinnacle of a career that included three Canadian and three World Curling Championships.

My younger sister is Jan Betker, recently voted the top woman third to ever play the game and part of the Sandra Schmirler team deemed to be the greatest women’s curling team of all time.
In his last years my father, with my mother, enjoyed countless hours cheering on the Schmirler foursome as they competed across Canada and the world.
He passed away in mid November of 1998.


Curling Day in Canada, established to celebrate everything that Canadians value about the great sport of curling and the unique connections within the curling community, could not have been better received by the millions of participants and spectators across the country.

More than 300,000 viewers tuned into the one-hour special, produced and aired by TSN/Bell Media, which highlighted the welcoming culture and diversity of Canada’s grassroots curling community.  The program covered everything from backyard family rinks to the iconic Tankard Trophy visit at the Unionville (Ont.) Curling Club.

Engaging clubs and individual curlers from across Canada was an integral aspect of the Curling Day in Canada celebrations, and Curling Canada is pleased to report that more than 270 story submissions were received for the following prizes awarded by random draw:

  • All-expenses-paid closing weekend trip to the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ont. – Jill Parsons of St. John’s.
  • Visit by Jeff Stoughton and Nolan Thiessen, with the Tankard Trophy – Unionville Curling Club, Ont.
  • Five $500 cash prizes – Juanita Wannamaker of Gibsons, B.C., Shawn Lukaschuk of Elmwood, Man., Marilyn Tuffords of Unionville, Ont., Matt Christian of Summerside, P.E.I., and Rae Ann Litle of Carleton Place, Ont.

Additionally, with 144 clubs registered to participate in a Canada-wide curling game, and each being asked to send in their top and bottom scores, this coast-to-coast undertaking determined the “top” as the winners with a final recorded score of 7,525 to 6,459 on the bottom. Each of these participating clubs was also invited to collect a $1 donation from each curler that played on Curling Day in Canada to earn a corresponding number of ballots in the draw for a chance to win $10,000 Club Grant.

Donations received from this collection, paired with funds generated from the Curling Day in Canada T-shirt campaign, totalled $17,834, which will be invested directly back into youth curling program development and support through the Curling Canada Foundation. With a cumulation of more than 9,200 ballots in the draw, Curling Canada is pleased to announce the Golden Ears Curling Club in Maple Ridge, B.C., as the winner of the $10,000 Club Grant!

With appreciation to every curler and curling centre that participated in the nationwide celebration, Curling Canada is already looking forward to a repeat performance for the 2020 Curling Day in Canada.

I am the Troop Leader

From: Glenn Darichuk
Club name: Acadia Curling Club

I am the Troop Leader of the 253rd South Heritage Scout group in Calgary Alberta. The weekend of Feb 22-24, our Scouts and Cubs along with the Scouts from the 118th St Andrews Group were at a camp in Banff. Realizing that we would be there for Curling Day in Canada, I arranged for our Groups to spend a couple hours on the ice at the Banff Curling Club. I am also a Club Coach and Trained Competition Coach, so I gave everyone a history lesson on curling, then a 1 hour on ice lesson followed by a 1 hour game. Everyone had a blast and many tried curling for the first time.

We may have some new curlers in the near future!


Moving to a new town a little easier.

From: Matt Christian
Club name: Silverfox – Summerside, PE

This is the story of how curling helped make moving to a new town a little easier.In the summer of 2017 our family decided to make a pretty big change; we would be moving from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Summerside, PEI.  As with any relocation, there were pros and cons that came with our decision.  One of our biggest reservations was how the move would affect our two children, Liam and Camille. Camille was only four-years old at the time, so we knew that she would likely take it all in stride.

But, Liam was seven.  He would be leaving his grade-one friends and starting grade-two at a new school in a new province.  Even though Liam is a pretty easy-going boy, we wanted to make sure that we did everything we could to make the transition easier for him.This is where curling comes in. Liam has always been a thinker.  He loves puzzles and games of strategy. Liam loves sitting down with us to watch curling. He loves understanding the approach and the angles.  And when he got the chance to see the St. John’s Brier in person, Liam couldn’t take his eyes off the ice. That summer we made the move to Summerside.  One of the things we love about our new city is how family-oriented it is.

When we sat down to talk about what activities the kids might like to try, curling was at the top of the list for Liam.Just a month into the new school year, we registered Liam for Little Rockers at the Silver Fox Curling Club.  The program was everything we could have hoped for.  Shelley was a superstar junior coach, always positive, always available and very knowledgeable.  She made Liam feel welcome and a part of the team immediately.  As I think back, she was really making Liam feel welcome on a much bigger scale. It was about that time when Liam started feeling like Summerside was home.Liam’s first year of curling was awesome.  He learned a lot and loved heading to the Silver Fox on Monday evenings.  During the summer, when people would ask if he played hockey, Liam would proudly say “no, I’m a curler.”Liam is now in his second year of Little Rockers.

This year, Shelley has passed the baton to Miranda and Jami; both are absolutely amazing. Liam is now looking forward to the next funspiel; he is playing with curlers a few years older than him. Two years ago, he would have been too shy to even think of playing a sport with the older kids.  But that was before curling. Curling has already given Liam so much.  On top of learning life skills like sportsmanship, teamwork and perseverance, curling has allowed Liam to make new friends, gain confidence and genuinely feel like he is part of his new community.  Curling Rocks