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Youth Olympics Journey: A Dream Come True

February 8, 2016

Karlee Burgess is a 17-year-old curler from Nova Scotia who will compete for Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, beginning Friday, February 12, with teammates Tyler Tardi, Mary Fay and Sterling Middleton. This story is the fourth in a series, as Karlee shares her experiences on the road to the Youth Olympic Games.

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Halifax Curling Club “Rockin’ Again”

February 5, 2016

The sign above the front door reads, “We’re Rockin’ Again,” and inside it’s true. Ladies here for the Tuesday morning league are finally set to hit the ice at the Halifax Curling Club — the first time they’ve been able to do so in almost a year.

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MQFT with Brad Jacobs

February 4, 2016

This week, John sits down with a man who needs no introduction, the reigning Olympic gold medallist, 2013 Canadian champion, and 2015 silver medallist, Brad Jacobs. A divisive force of nature, Jacobs has led his crew to numerous successes but perhaps should be better known for his candour off the ice. It was great to sit down with Brad as he prepares to go after his sixth consecutive Brier appearance (if you don’t count the one where he was busy at the Olympics).

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MQFT with Joanne Courtney

January 26, 2016

This week, John sits down with Joanne Courtney, two-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts participant who has medalled in both of her appearances, pulling down a silver in 2014 with Val Sweeting, and then a bronze in 2015 with her current team, skipped by Rachel Homan. Courtney made waves when she left Sweeting for Homan’s team, but the move has appeared to pay off as Homan’s rink has been on fire this season, winning three of four Grand Slams (losing the other in the final), and grabbing the first berth in the 2017 Olympic Trials by virtue of their Canada Cup ...

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MQFT with Marc Kennedy

January 6, 2016

This week, John sits down with Marc Kennedy, current third for Team Koe and famously a member of one of the greatest curling teams of all time, with Kevin Martin, John Morris and Ben Hebert. A two-time Brier champion, one-time World Champion, and the 2010 Olympic gold medallist, Kennedy and the Koe rink also just won the 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup, securing the first berth into the 2017 Olympic Trials.

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Skip to Equip: Sioux Lookout curlers bring health and wellness to their community

December 30, 2015

If your New Year’s resolution this year includes doing good deeds, consider following in the steps of the Ladies’ section at the Sioux Lookout Curling Club. They found a way to not only attract curlers to their Skip to Equip bonspiel, but they also raised a whopping $76,000 for the local hospital foundation at the same time.

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The kids are all right – and giving back! – at the Ottawa Youth Curling League

December 23, 2015

Everyone knows that curlers are the first in line to volunteer for worthy causes, not just in their own clubs, but in the wider community, too. This season, a commitment to nurturing young curlers in the art of “giving back” was right at the top of the list for organizers of the Ottawa Youth Curling League. Remember the OYCL? We profiled this fledgling league for young curlers on our website last May, sharing the story of its overwhelming success in the first season of providing sport development and competition to Ottawa-area curlers under the age of 18.

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Curling is “Recess for Adults” at the Ottawa Sport & Social Club

December 16, 2015

Curling is growing in popularity for an Ottawa-based organization that provides a variety of recreational programs for adults. Curling has become one of the top five most popular leagues offered by the Ottawa Sport & Social Club (OSSC) and it’s the social aspect of the sport that provides such a big appeal, says Jill Magnussen, marketing and promotions manager for OSSC.

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MQFT with Kaitlyn Lawes

December 11, 2015

This week, John sits down with Kaitlyn Lawes, a curler who, at 26 years old, has a resumé that most curlers would call an illustrious entire career. She famously won the 2014 Olympic gold medal playing third for Jennifer Jones, but that was just the cherry on top of four Scotties appearances, one Canadian championship, one World silver medal, and two Canadian Junior titles (which she won as a skip!). She’s also really nice, which is cool.

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Learning to curl in Kelowna, B.C. – with Kelly Scott

November 30, 2015

She’s a Canadian and world champion curler, and an all-star mom – and now Kelly Scott can add avid Learn-to-Curl instructor to her already glowing resume. In early November, Scott invited students from her son’s (Nash, 7 years old) elementary school in Kelowna, B.C., to come out and give curling a try – for free.

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MQFT with Reid Carruthers

November 20, 2015

Welcome to Magical Question Fun Time, the new Curling Canada feature in which comedian John Cullen sits down with your favourite curlers for interviews like you have never seen. Each interview will feature eight questions: five standard questions that will be asked to each curler, two questions specific to that curler, and one question provided by the curler interviewed previously.

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Sun Parlour Curling Club brings “glow” to the ice

November 18, 2015

Sun Parlour Curling Club in Leamington, Ont., was giving off a special glow this past Halloween. With Jet Ice’s fluorescent paint on the rings and hog lines, curlers donned dollar store glow-sticks, turned down the regular lights, cranked up the black lights, and took to the ice for a bonspiel devoted to eye-popping glow-in-the-dark curling.

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Sibling rivalries on the ice

November 17, 2015

Curling has always been a family affair for 20-year-old Andrew and younger sister Karlee, 17, of Truro, N.S. However, the closer-than-most siblings took things to a whole new level over Halloween weekend when both siblings competed at the BrokerLink OVCA Superspiel in Ottawa, Ont.

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Youth Olympics Journey: “We’re coming together as a team!”

October 28, 2015

Karlee Burgess is a 17-year-old curler from Nova Scotia who will compete for Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, next February with teammates Tyler Tardi, Mary Fay and Sterling Middleton. This story is the third in a series, as Karlee shares her experiences on the road to the Youth Olympic Games.

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Give it a shot: Experiencing Adult Learn-to-Curl Leagues

October 21, 2015

Simon Barrick is a competitive curler and coach. He’s also a sport researcher, currently completing his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. To complete his Master’s degree at the University of Waterloo, he turned the microscope on adult Learn-To-Curl leagues – the Getting Started in Curling for Adults program was introduced by Earle Morris in 2007 with the support of Curling Canada – to explore what the experience is like for adults new to curling. Here’s what he found out.

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