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Top Twelve Stories 2022 Individual Stories January 23, 2022 Love on Sheet One

LOVE ON SHEET ONE It has been said that love can be found in the most unlikely of places. For me it was on Sheet One at the Hamilton Victoria Curling Club in 1994. As someone who always enjoyed being active, I was looking for a winter sport. Once baseball season was over, a  friend …

Top Twelve Stories 2022 Individual Stories January 23, 2022 Getting to know and love #YorktonsBeardedFan and his wife

While attending the 2015 Scotties in Moose Jaw, Sk and wearing our chicken hats outside the souvenir shop, my beloved (Grant) started chatting with the tallest and most colourful Super Fan in the arena- Mr Hans Madsen and his delightful wife Judy Barak. Grant and Hans were discussing other events and I couldn’t believe they …

Top Twelve Stories 2022 Individual Stories January 23, 2022 My Curling Life Story

My curling story begins back when I was about 8 years old when my brother and I were introduced to the sport of curling. Through friends of my brother’s we were told about youth curling at the Brant Curling Club in Brantford, ON. And that’s where it all began. I curled all the way up …

Top Twelve Stories 2022 Individual Stories January 23, 2022 What a Relief!

Now in my 70’s, I have curled since my early teens, growing up in Northern Alberta. Though I tried all sports, I really “connected”with curling and aside from a few years when my husband & I lived overseas (New Zealand, Iran) have always curled. The story I’d like to share dates from the 1960’s when …

Top Twelve Stories 2022 Individual Stories January 23, 2022 A Selfless Act and the Gift of Life

Im submitting this story for my spouse, Charles Gagnon and his kidney recipient Adam Freilich. Charles is a long time curler and like most curlers has a wide variety of friends and acquaintances in the curling community. It was through this net that in June of 2021 he saw an appeal from a fellow curler, …

Top Twelve Stories 2022 Individual Stories January 23, 2022 Plaidspiration

The year, 2020. I had been grooming a crack team of jack wagons for years with parlor games such as washer toss, darts, and frisbee. Now was the time to complete my lifelong vision. It was time to learn to curl. I did not grow up curling. My parents did not curl. My team mates …

Top Twelve Stories 2022 Individual Stories January 23, 2022 Curling: a Gift for a One-Armed Curler

In 1947, before the vaccine was available, I contracted polio at age 4. It left the left side of my body limp but especially my left arm and back. It was to mark my life to this very day. But no pity required. With a supportive community, great family and friends, I was able to …

Top Twelve Stories 2022 Individual Stories January 23, 2022 Falling in Love at 55

I took up curling at the age of 55. My last child was heading off to university and life as an empty nester lay before me. Terrified of becoming a lazy, wine sipping couch potato, I decided to start a new activity. I picked curling. Why curling? Who really knows!!? I did have a friend …

Top Twelve Stories 2022 Individual Stories January 23, 2022 Junior Curler Sings at 2017 Tim Hortons Brier

In 2017, the Tim Horton’s Brier was set to take place in St. John’s Newfoundland for just the second time, the first being way back in 1972. My son, Alex, was 11 years old at the time and had been a junior curler at the St. John’s RE/Max Centre for several years. Alex and his …

Top Twelve Stories 2022 Individual Stories January 17, 2022 Curling is Special

Curling is a special kind of game. A game that my 13 year old son has played since before he was 5 years old. When I watch him play with the passion he has for this wonderful game, my heart swells with all kinds of things. My heart fills with pride as I watch his …