For Andrew O’Dell, who curls out of the Capital Winter Club in Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2011 was a very good year.
In the course of that one year, this junior curler won a provincial high school silver medal, won the Under-18 provincial championship, finished second at the Atlantic junior curling championships, and represented New Brunswick at the M&M Meat Shops Junior Curling Championship in Calgary.
And he repeated that provincial junior championship, going on to represent New Brunswick at the 2012 M&M Meat Shops Junior Curling Championship in Napanee a few weeks ago.
O’Dell began his curling career at the Gage Golf and Curling Club in Oromocto.
“A family friend used to run the little rocks program,” he says. “She asked if I wanted to try it out. From then on I was hooked.”
As the lead on Capital Winter Club’s Josh Barry’s provincial championship team, O’Dell has had the opportunity to curl at a high competitive level, and he’s appreciative of those who have helped him on his curling journey.
“Kathleen Trites was my coach two years ago. As my first major coach, she really brought out the best in me,” he says. “I truly believe that she is the reason why I am where I am now; she has a love and dedication to the sport like no one else.”
He has high praise for his current coach as well. “Dave MacRae understands all aspects to the sport like no one I know. That is why he’s listed as “The Rock” in my phone. From the technicalities of the slide, to strategy, Dave is always ready for a discussion.”
And of course, this accomplished young curler receives a lot of support from his family and friends – one in particular. “My old team mate, Jon Rennie, who even though is playing men’s and on the other side of the country, still watches our live results and isn’t afraid of sending me a quick text to congratulate or just talk.”
Birthplace: Fredericton, NB
Hometown: Geary, NB
Curling Club: Capital Winter Club
Current Team: Josh Barry
Nickname: Ging and Easy A
Quick Hits with Andrew O’Dell
Do you have any superstitions?
“Not really. I don’t really believe in that stuff.”
Three people, living or not, whom you would invite to a dinner party.
“Andy Warhol – I really enjoy his work
Rihanna – multiple reasons
Lady Gaga – I’d like to see what she’d wear”
If you could be a star in any other sport, what would it be, and why?
“Golf, I love the sport, and they make crazy amounts of money.”
If you could change any rule in curling, which one would it be, and why?
“It’s not really a rule, but I’d really enjoy if there were no early draws before 9am; 8am sure is pretty early to be up.”
What music do you like to listen to before a game?
“Anything with a good beat, I like to get up and moving before games.”
… Website? “Stumbleupon.com”
… Order from Tim Hortons? “Tea with milk, everything bagel with cream cheese”
… Vacation destination? “Anywhere with a beach and a shining sun”
… Junk food? “Ice cream. All flavors.”
Do you have any pet peeves?
“I hate people who aren’t punctual. We have clocks and watches for a reason…”
Three things you always travel with?
“Cell phone, lap top, and money.”
First thing on your Bucket List?
“Visit all seven continents.”
Favourite pastime between draws at spiels?
“Relaxing, maybe chattin’ it up with a few.”
One thing most people don’t know about you?
“I can be a bit of a nerd sometimes…..”
What is the biggest misconception about curlers?
“All curlers are overweight and old… I hate it when people say that curling is not for athletic people. Some curlers are more dedicated to athletics and workouts than athletes of the more ‘athletic’ sports.”
Your ideal shot to win an Olympic gold medal:
“Since I’m lead, I’d like to be able to sweep my skip’s stone to the pin.”