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End of Season…?

Ok so it’s April, it’s raining (of course) and curling ice is coming out all over the place here in Ontario.  Looks like curling is all done for the year right?  Well, that depends.  Somewhere on this site I posted that the season really never ends, it just changes forms.  Surely there won’t be a lot of games played for the next few months.  There are a variety of really great summer spiels though so, I won’t say NO games will be played but just because there are no games being played that doesn’t mean curling is “over”.  Proper season planning takes this time of year into account.  This is the time to start working on next year.  Building the team, working on fitness plans, attracting sponsors, planning events, all these things need to happen for competitive teams before the next regular games start!  There is lots of work to be done if the next year is go smoothly.

That being said, there also needs to be some down time.  Think of it as “rest and recovery” for the curling season.  Take a few days…tell the team I said it was ok.

Curling: Steps to Success Update

The book has launched!! I’m so excited to tell you all that my book, Curling: Steps to Success is now available both as an ebook and in actual paper.  You can buy directly from the publisher, Human Kinetics at:
http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/Curling

Alternatively, you can order it from Chapters online!  Please take a look and purchase one, it would mean a lot!  Thanks!

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Shamelessly Self Promoting

To all of you who may visit my humble little site, I have some amazing news!  This site has suffered somewhat with respect to updates in the last year or so because I’ve been somewhat busy with writing a book on curling!! I’m excited and nervous about it’s pending release but I’m hoping that if you’re on here and see this post you’ll go and check it out.  As of Aug. 31 the ebook version was available with the print version expected in the next few weeks.  Here is the link, and here is hoping you check it out and buy yourself a copy!

http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/Curling

News…

Coach curling peeps!  Yes, I’m trying hard to get back to this but if you haven’t heard, it’s been a busy year for Coach Sean.  In November I traveled to Shanghai China to deliver a junior curling camp.  Yes, really.  I thought, “this is easily the highlight of my season!”.  Oops.  On the heels of that amazing experience, I was asked to fill in for the Nunavut junior men’s coach at the Canadian Junior Nationals where we won our first game in Nunavut history for junior men.  Phenomenal experience that will resonate with me for the rest of my life!  Surely, that was the highlight of my season!  Double oops.  My Humber College men’s team placed 3rd at OCAA Provincials and therefore qualified for the CCAA Nationals and somehow we won it all.  National champions!! It still feels strange to write that out but it’s real.  In any case, I’ve learned a pile from a huge number of amazing people and I really just want to share that with the world!  So, I’m promising that in the next little while I’ll post some of the lessons I learned over the course of this amazing year.  Which one was my highlight?  Oh no, I’m in highlight reel mode now, there cannot be just one.  Thanks for reading, stay tuned!

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Okay, fair enough I haven’t exactly been super attentive the old website.  There is just so much going on!  If you haven’t heard, my junior women’s team has disbanded and so Coach Sean is down to coaching Humber men.  And if you haven’t heard about THEM, well, we are off to CCAA Nationals March 22 in London Ontario after winning Bronze in the OCAA Provincials.  Of course, I’m going to be coaching another team next season and there may be news on that soon.

It’s been a ridiculously hectic winter.  In November I ran a junior curling camp in Shanghai China on behalf of the World Curling Federation.  That was all kinds of incredible for all kinds of reasons.  The kids over there have their mechanics down like you would not believe.  We in Canada should be paying attention to what’s going on over there.  I expect a wave of Chinese talent to slowly start pressuring the rest of the world.

In January I had the privilege of coaching the Nunavut Junior men at the Canadian Junior Championships in Stratford Ontario.  This too was a phenomenal experience with some exceptional people.  We made history by winning the first game ever by a Nunavut men’s team at Nationals.  See the story here:

http://www.curling.ca/2016juniors/2016/01/27/another-historic-day-for-nunavut-at-2016-canadian-junior-championships/

I cannot say enough about both experiences!!  For now, that’s all the update you get.  Keep watching as I promise to start posting regularly once again.