John Morris says fitness and curling go together. And he’s written a book to prove it.
Johnny Mo, who plays third for Kevin Martin’s 2008 world champion team, is releasing Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game.

“I’ve seen the game evolve,” says Morris. “The old stereotypes about curlers just aren’t true anymore. If you look at the top players, nearly all of them are very fit athletes with Olympic aspirations who devote a great deal of time to physical conditioning.”

Morris points out that high-performance curlers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the sport-specific training offered in the book.

“The book is written so that curlers of all levels can follow a program that suits them,” says JoMo. “Even the recreational player who curls once or twice a week and competes in a couple of bonspiels will enjoy the game more by working out just a few hours a week. They’ll be able to contribute more when they compete and feel better about their overall level of fitness.”

Filled with color photography of many of the world’s top players – the pics are supplied by CurlingZone’s Dallas Bittle, SWEEP! chief Jim Henderson and, of course, Anil Mungal of this here The Curling News – the book details the physical demands of the sport and offers three levels of training programs – with calendars – to “make it easy for people to incorporate a fitness routine into their life. Even the typical curler who juggles family, career and the sport can find time for the workouts – many can be completed in less than an hour.”

Morris, who also skipped teams to world junior titles in 1998 and 1999, also suggests that “Whether you’re delivering a stone or sweeping from end to end, curling places unique demands on the body. It only makes sense to follow a training program that will help you feel fresh and perform better on the ice.”

Morris wrote the book with Dean Gemmell, who played lead for Quebec in the 1988 Brier and now produces a popular podcast called The Curling Show from his home in Short Hills, New Jersey. A side benefit of working on the book, remarks Gemmell, is that “I’m a more fit curler at 42 than I was at 20.”

Gemmell also notes that one dollar from the sale of every book in Canada will be given to the Canadian Curling Association to support junior curling programs throughout the country.

“John believes strongly in the value of curling in the life of a young person,” says Gemmell. We hope that this might help introduce a few more kids to the sport or keep them playing.”

Fit to Curl is available for purchase as of now through the official website and in curling pro shops. Shipping commences on September 8.

The website offers a 17-page preview download, which includes the table of contents and some fine pics, including one classic from 1993. Yes, John, Sav’s hair is worse than yours.


Celebrate the Olympic Spirit is a live winter sport demo taking place at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition (or CNE, or “The Ex”) through September 7.
The outdoor attraction featuring interactive Olympic sport activities in Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Skiing and Biathlon and the Paralympic winter sport of Ice Sledge Hockey.

And, of course, not one but two curling offerings: Curling and Wheelchair Kurling.

In just a week, thousands of patrons have dropped in and reports say that over 500 kids are monopolizing the displays daily, while the adults cheer them on… and look for the opportunity to throw some rocks themselves!

The Wheelchair “Kurling” demo is operated by the legendary Variety Village, utilizing the same Kurling stones used in the Capital One Rocks and Rings program.

The Curling demo is operated by the Toronto Curling Association, which is obviously keen on increasing interest in GTA curling in this critical Olympic season. Curling stars Brent Laing and Sherry Middaugh were there on the opening weekend.

The CNE venture is TCA’s first of the new season, which includes the big-league, World Cup-style championship coming to Mississauga in October. Along with the demo, visitors can learn about the 20-odd clubs in the GTA, and survey particpants can win a pair of event passes for the Masters.

In the above photo, Wheelchair Kurling is in the foreground while traditional (albeit dryland) Curling can be seen in the background. We’re not sure of the make of the TCA “stones”, but they may have been salvaged from the short-lived Olympic Spirit Toronto initiative.

Article by Brad Norman

The Capital One Grand Slam of Curling will be looking great this season. This week, the Slam announced that it will team up with Goldline Curling for their apparel and equipment needs during the upcoming season.

Goldline—with it three retail outlets, online store, and mobile shops at live events—is one of the biggest curling suppliers on the planet. So it’s fitting that this company will now deck out all staff and volunteers at curling’s biggest event series: the Grand Slam of Curling.

“The Capital One Grand Slam of Curling events have distinguished themselves as a premier attraction,” Doug Flowers, the President of Goldline Curling, said in a press release.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Goldline and we look forward to working with them as we grow the world’s best curling series,” said Kevin Albrect, the President of iSport Media and Management, the company that runs the Grand Slam.

The first men’s Grand Slam event will kick off on October 21st when the Masters of Curling event begins in Mississauga. This event will serve as a pre-Olympic treat, featuring many of the teams that will appear at the games in Vancouver.

Published by The Reporter

Wine Country Curling Club will honor and highlight the 2010 United States Paralymics’s Wheelchair Curling Team at its annual “Crush Bonspiel.”

The Bonspiel will be held at Vacaville skating center Labor Day (Sept. 4-6) and the public is invited to come and watch the sport. There is no admission charge.

One of the member’s of the U.S. team is a local curler, Pat McDonald, a member of Wine Country Curling. McDonald, along with Augusto “Goose” Perez of the Utica, N.Y. Curling Club and Coach Steve Brown of the Madison, Wisc., Curling Club will present an outreach and wheelchair curling demonstration at 3 p.m. Sept. 5. Wheelchair participants will be instructed on the basics of wheelchair curling and all are welcome to the event.

Curling involves teams of four trying to knock an opponent’s 42 pound stone out of a circle and having their stones closest to the center to earn points. The sport was invented in Scotland and is very popular there and drawing more interest in the United States with extensive Olympic and World Championship TV coverage.

Curling teams will be coming from all points of the United States and Canada, as well as the defending championship team, former Olympian, Edith Loudon, who represented Scotland at the Nagano Winter Olympics and member of Wine Country.

Other event attractions will including “piping on to the ice” at the Opening Ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 by the Scarlet Brigade Pipe Band from Fairfield High School.

Curling has had a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1958. The San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and will have a number of top notch teams

entered. The WineCountry Curling Club was started three years ago after the Torino Winter Olympics. Both are members of the Unites States Curling Association and Mountain Pacific Curling Association.

By The Southwest Booster

Young athletes with dreams of becoming an Olympic athlete can meet a real Olympic athlete during the second day of City Wide Registration on Sept. 9.

Joan McCusker, a 2006 Olympic Curling gold medalist, will be making an appearance to promote the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration which will be hosted in Swift Current on Jan. 10, 2010. She will be sharing some of her Olympic memories and one of the Torino 2006 Olympic Torches will be on display.

Over 35 community groups will be in attendance at the two-day City Wide Registration on Sept. 8-9 at the Credit Union iPlex. The fall registration, hosted by Swift Current’s Recreation and Parks Department, is hosted from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on both days.

“This year’s event is sure to be a success,” explained Recreation and Scheduling Superintendent Nicole Peno. “There is definitely going to be something to help keep you active during these snowy months ahead. There is a large variety of culture, recreation and sports organizations participating that can spark interest and activity in anyone from child to the young at heart adult.”

Brochures promoting the registration evenings are being distributed to all students attending school in Swift Current, and brochures are available on the City of Swift Current website.