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Innovations help attract new members at Comox Valley Curling Club

August 30, 2019

Keith Parry, manager of the Comox Valley Curling Club in Courtney, B.C., says that in recent years, Friday nights were “dark”, unless the club was hosting a bonspiel. Something had to change. “So I partnered with a local craft brewery to start a Friday Fun League running in five-week rounds,” Parry says. “It’s popular and has expanded to three draws.”

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Tomorrow’s curling stars today: NextGen camp laying groundwork for future Canadian success on world stage

August 23, 2019

They’re recent national junior and university champions, but it’s not about what these athletes have accomplished in the past; it’s about their potential of providing excellence to Canadian curling for years to come.

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A local partnership keeps Mayflower Curling Club buzzing

August 21, 2019

When Matthew Paul became Director of Marketing for the Mayflower Curling Club for the 2018-19 curling season, his first goal was to explore how to get more potential members through the door – members who could bring some of the local youth culture to the well-established Halifax curling centre.

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Marketing makes an impact at Delta Thistle

August 14, 2019

“I went to a Burger & Beer event at Delta Thistle and fell in love with curling,” says Patrick Prade about his introduction to the sport at Delta Thistle Curling Club in Delta, B.C., five years ago. “My first question was ‘How do I sign up and when does it start?’”

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If you pour it, they will come: how change benefits curling clubs

June 26, 2019

We’re in an era of change and adaptability in the curling industry, and in many ways it can be summed up in two words: craft beer.

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Lavallée rolls — literally — to Caledonia Cup triumph in Quebec

May 20, 2019

By Mario Annicchiarico Gaétan Lavallée’s motto is there are no barriers in life and everything is possible, which suits the 51-year-old to a tee.

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Colleges’ commitments to curlers paying off at CCAA-Curling Canada championships

May 13, 2019

When Owen Tester was considering which college to attend there were a few requirements on his list. He was looking for a solid education and overall enjoyable post-secondary experience. But he also wanted something else from school – the chance to win a national curling championship.

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Cameron Goodkey: A quick trip from Learn To Curl to national champion

April 19, 2019

When Ottawa’s Cameron Goodkey signed up for a Learn to Curl progam at the local Sportsplex five years ago, he had no idea that the skills he absorbed through that introduction to the sport would lead surprisingly quickly to a special moment: hoisting the trophy at the 2019 U SPORTS/Curling Canada University Championship this past March in Fredericton, N.B.

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MQFT with Matt Hall

April 11, 2019

This week, John sits down with Matthew Hall, the reigning World Junior champion (playing second on Team Tyler Tardi) and multi-time Ontario champion (as skip) at the junior level. Matthew heads back to Ontario after a successful year in B.C., and before he did that, sat down for an interview with John.

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Catherine MacCallum, 2017-2018 Curling Canada Volunteer of the Year

March 14, 2019

Cathy MacCallum finds it hard to believe that her efforts to improve ice conditions at her little curling club in Lacolle, Que., have resulted in recognition by Curling Canada as the 2017-18 Volunteer of the Year.

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A story of water and ice: Thurston’s rise to the top of two sports

February 28, 2019

Jon Thurston is mastering his abilities on both ice and water. The Dunsford, Ont., all-around athlete has his bases covered when it comes to the variety of sports he plays. His openness and involvement in all sports present him with the unique opportunity to represent Canada at a world championship in two sports this year.

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MQFT with Selena Sturmay

February 14, 2019

This week, John sits down with Selena Sturmay, the first junior ladies’ skip to go undefeated at the Canadian Juniors since Rachel Homan did it in 2010 and only the fifth ladies team to ever do so at a Canadian Juniors. Selena also won the Alberta Juniors in 2016 as well as the 2018 Usports Curling Championship and she’ll be heading to the Winter Universiade this year representing the University of Alberta.

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MQFT with Matt Hamilton

February 8, 2019

This week, John sits down with his first-ever international guest, Matt Hamilton! Matt won an Olympic gold medal with Team Shuster in 2018 and is a former World Junior champion to go along with his three World Championship appearances. Matt also gained some notoriety during the Olympics for his mustache and outgoing personality, and he and John combine for a very entertaining interview.

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Hit Draw Tap continues to grow – and kids’ skills are growing, too

December 18, 2018

It started as a suggestion from a club curler in Ontario and now it’s spreading to Member Associations across the country. The Curling Canada Hit Draw Tap competition for kids is hitting the big time, including showcasing a couple of provincial finals in front of the crowd at both the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., and Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon, Man.

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MQFT with Shannon Birchard

December 4, 2018

This week, John sits down with Shannon Birchard, the Scotties and World Champion and two-time Canadian Junior finalist from Winnipeg, Man. Shannon is currently playing on the “all skips” foursome of Kerri Einarson, Val Sweeting, Briane Meilleur, and herself, and they’ve had a ton of success on the World Curling Tour thus far. They’ll be competing in the Canada Cup in early December in Estevan, Sask.

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