My daughter started junior curling at age 11 at the local curling club in Tara, ON.

My husband, who had been an avid hockey player and local hockey coach for many years had just suffered a severe concussion from hockey the year prior. He resolved that he would not be able to return to the game of hockey. After driving my daughter to all of her curling games that year and watching her grow as an athlete in a game that she loved, my husband took up curling the following year.

My daughter is now 16 and continues to love the game of curling, she curls with high school and with her father on our local mixed curling team. The two of them love to strategize and my husband loves to coach her (although sometimes I think she provides the coaching to him!). In 2019, the two of them travelled to the Scotties Tournament of Heart in Sydney, Nova Scotia and my daughter had the opportunity to participate in the Future Stars program. They still talk about that trip!

There are not many sports that a father and his teenage daughter can bond over, talk strategy over, create social connections and play together on a team- but curling is one of them. I can’t think of a better father/daughter duo!