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The Daly family: A tale of three hearts

May 5, 2016

(Story by Cathlia Ward) Happy, energetic and active would have been the best way to describe Ottawa’s Colton Daly when he was eight years old. Colton, along with his two sisters, Camille and Calissa, enjoyed all sorts of physical activities. From hockey to triathlons, all three kids were always on the move – that is, until a sudden diagnosis. After experiencing some chest pain and shortness of breath in a grocery store, and another similar episode while at home with a babysitter, Colton was rushed to the hospital.

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Youth Olympics Journey: “We believed we could do it, and we did!”

May 3, 2016

Karlee Burgess is a 17-year-old curler from Nova Scotia who competed for Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, where she won the gold medal with teammates Tyler Tardi, Mary Fay and Sterling Middleton. This is the final story in a series in which Karlee shared her experiences on the road to the Youth Olympic Games – and beyond. What’s happened since she came home from Norway? Lots!

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MQFT with Brad Gushue

April 29, 2016

This week, John sits down with a man who has had one the best curling seasons in recent memory, coming second at the Tim Hortons Brier, hoisting three Grand Slam titles, and winning the Grand Slam Cup before the final event of the season is even played. He’s been to 13 Tim Hortons Briers, won an Olympic gold medal, and he has a highway named after him, which is about the most bad-ass thing I can think of.

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Optimist International Under-18 helps young curlers develop a competitive edge

April 27, 2016

Earlier this month, the 2016 Optimist International Under-18 Curling Championship took over the Jasper Place Curling Club in Edmonton. The Saskatchewan men’s and Manitoba women’s teams recently took home the gold medals in this annual event that provides an opportunity for young curlers to develop their competitive skills against teams from across Canada and beyond.

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MQFT with Mary Fay

March 15, 2016

This week, John sits down with Mary Fay, a decorated young curler if there ever was one, who at the age of 17 has a Canadian Junior championship, a Youth Olympics gold medal, and two other podium finishes at the Canada Winter Games and the Canadian Juniors to her name. This conversation took place before Fay led her rink to the gold medal at the World Juniors last week in Taarnby, Denmark.

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MQFT with Matt Dunstone

March 4, 2016

This week, John sits down with Matt Dunstone, the 2013 and 2016 Manitoba and Canadian Junior Champion skip who caused quite a stir in the curling world by also making the Manitoba Men’s final two weeks later, knocking off Reid Carruthers before dropping the final to Mike McEwen. Matt will head to Taarnby, Denmark, in hopes of improving on his bronze medal from 2013.

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Billboards help Paris Curling Club boost its Learn-To-Curl program

March 1, 2016

Paris Curling Club President Mark Stouffer knows something about successful Learn-to-Curl (LTC) initiatives. His daughter, Samantha, created a highly effective program to attract local Brant County school children to the sport – a project that earned Samantha the 2013 Curling Canada Volunteer of the Year Award. But with membership numbers dropping, Stouffer wondered how to attract adult curlers to the fun-and-skills combination offered by a Learn-To-Curl program. His club’s solution? Billboards.

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MQFT with Chelsea Carey

February 24, 2016

This week, John sits down with Chelsea Carey, current Alberta Scotties champion and one of the favorites heading into this year’s event. Carey has an impressive curling résumé across two provinces, first representing Manitoba at the 2014 Scotties, where she won bronze, and now Alberta this season. She also had a very solid 2013 Roar of the Rings, losing a tiebreaker to Sherry Middaugh to finish fourth in an unbelievably strong field.

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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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