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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 …

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 …

First attempt at curling!

I thought I would relate the story of the first time I tried curling. I was living in Goose Bay, NL at the time, and it happened entirely by chance. When I realized the year was 1996, I decided to set my story to the tune of the Stan Rogers song, “Barrett’s Privateers.” I hope …

Curling in the Winter of Covid

So, I go down to the river It’s lonely shores to haunt, Take along my broom and bag And curl anytime I want. Here at the natural ice sheet, Not having much success Does this ice break right or left? Tis anybody’s guess. I’ve got some of the equipment Something else is not as it …

Lifetime curling highlight – my 3 generations team

I have been a “curler” for the last 48 years – this includes participating in many bonspiels and competitions, attending 23 full Briers and 4 Olympic Trials as a fan and being a volunteer ice maker at an Olympic Trials, a Tim Hortons Brier and a Grand Slam. However, the curling highlight of a lifetime …

Gotta have fun

I was at the Peterborough Curling Club on a Saturday morning where I used to be a member and also worked there. There was a fun spiel that day, and I was mainly there to cheer my son’s team who was participating in the event. That late morning, while the bartender was busy, I took …

Curling is more than just a game…

This story begins with three brothers, junior curlers from Quebec, who have big dreams of competing in the Tim Hortons Brier one day. They discovered curling early in their lives, each starting at the age of 5. Introduced to the sport by their grandfather, they took to it immediately. The passion for the sport has …

The Baxter Cup – 5 years to 100

Along the northern shore of Lake Huron in Northern Ontario lie the communities of Little Current and Espanola. Even before there was a road there was a connection between the two communities. It developed into a friendly curling competition and the coveted Baxter Cup. The cup is named after George Baxter, a salesman who arrived …

Not even a house fire could keep me from the Tim Hortons Brier

My most compelling curling story would have to be the 2019 Brier in Brandon, MB. My friend and I had our tickets purchased and hotel room booked about a year in advance. I even had my flight booked from Saskatoon to Brandon as my husband and I would be en route home from spending a …

Forced to Hit Pause

As a young boy, I would often watch my father curl and saw how much he loved the game. At the time I couldn’t imagine ever having the same love for this game, but here I am. I first made it on the ice in 2011, starting with the junior program at the Pointe Claire …

How to make a curling mom cry

The Rajala’s are a curling family. My husband Brian has been playing since he was a young boy, then he taught me the game after we finished college. So, it was only natural that when our two kids were small, we would introduce them to the sport as well, instead of the ever-popular hockey. They …

Curling as an inclusive sport

Curling is such an amazing Canadian winter sport as it promotes a source of recreation, competition, friendship and most importantly inclusion. There is a diverse field of members, from Little Rocks to Masters to inclusion of persons with disabilities. Every year we celebrate a World Curling Championship just like we celebrate our son who was …