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Individual Story March 1, 2021 Curling on the West Coast

Unlike our Eastern Provinces we are sometimes forced to play on our sandy surfaces along the Pacific coastline. Our temperatures are never below freezing so if the ice making equipment is down , we head to the beach, draw our circles on the sand and proceed with the roundest looking rocks available to have our …

Individual Story Top Twelve February 10, 2021 Resilience

In 2009 at the age of 39, I battled breast cancer. I endured two surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. This fight lasted an entire year, and at times I thought I would never have the chance to curl again, a sport which is one of my great passions in life. But 2013 brought a pleasant …

Individual Story February 2, 2021 Dad and I became best friends because of the Brier

My dad Jim doesn’t know I’m entering this on his behalf, but he’s everything that ‘The Spirit of Curling’ embodies. We’ve always had a great relationship, but we became best friends at the Tim Hortons Brier. Before I had a smartphone, before there was social media………..Dad and I were travelling around to Briers, spending time …

Individual Story February 2, 2021 Cancer…curling…and cocktails

The Winter of 2003 was one of my darkest life moments. I spent the last three years fighting Cancer. After multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, declining health, I was in a very bleak point of my life. February is my birthday month and I am always rewarded with the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the start of …

Individual Story February 2, 2021 A Scotties Tournament of Hearts Surprise

I have been a huge curling fan for as long as I can remember, always looking forward to watching the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the Tim Hortons Brier every winter on the television. In the summer of 2019, my partner, Myles, surprised me with a weekend stay at the Moose Jaw spa for our …

Individual Story February 2, 2021 Always a bridesmaid, never a bride

Curling has been one of the most important parts of my life for almost as long as I can remember. Evenings were for practicing and weekends were for competing. As a teenager I dedicated countless hours to elevating my game to hopefully one day compete at the highest level. No matter what I did, I …

Individual Story Top Twelve February 2, 2021 Sharing the love of curling through generations and continents

When my parents came to Canada from Pakistan over 50 years ago, they were seeking new opportunities and new adventures. Their focus was on their education, careers, and raising their growing family in Northwestern Ontario. As they immersed themselves into their new life in Canada, they tried curling. Little did they know that mom’s participation …

Individual Story February 2, 2021 Mexico is curling

Watching the Olympic Games of Sochi back in 2014 I felt in love with the sport by just looking it on the TV. At the time that was the only thing that I had and told to myself that if I ever lived in a country in which I could try the sport I would …

Individual Story February 2, 2021 Memories of 2016 Tim Hortons Brier 2016

One of my favourite memories happened in Ottawa. A number of fellow curlers at our club in Gander were eager to cheer on our provincial team in the Tim Hortons Brier. We were not only excited to make the trip to Ottawa, but to also wear shirts supporting our home province! As there were 6 …

Individual Story February 2, 2021 Curling in London, England

During the 2014 Olympics, I was in London, England at a convention involving international guests. Whenever curling was on and I was free, I would gather a group of friends from all over the world and we would sit in the hotel bar watching curling. Most of them had never seen curling before. There were …

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