BETWEEN THE SHEETS: CURLING IN SCOTTSDALE??

I never thought I would curl in Phoenix, but thanks to our friend, Kevin Kerwin, Terry and I headed down to Phoenix a couple weeks ago to conduct a curling clinic at the Ice Den in Scottsdale Arizona (practice facility of the Phoenix Coyotes). Kevin arranged a Learn to Curl clinic with the help of Darryl Horsman, President of the Coyotes Curling Club. The participants ranged in age and experience (most were novice) and were comprised of US and Canadian residents! Terry and I had a little bit of a chuckle as the Zamboni prepared the ice surface! The rings(quite faded) were permanently etched into the hockey ice, and after the Zamboni did its thing, they placed the hacks into the ice by warming the metal pegs with body heat and then pushing them into the ice surface and standing on them for 45 seconds…and voila…we had hacks! They then pebbled AND nipped the ice and the preparation was complete. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN A HUGE SUCCESS!

It’s been an interesting 2 months since we started our search for sponsors to partner with our team. We took a unique approach by promoting ourselves through an outdoor advertising campaign on outdoor billboards around Calgary during October and November. The idea? Well it was born during a team brainstorming session. We wanted to get the message out that we were first of all looking for sponsors, because the majority assumed we had already secured one (or more). And second, we wanted to approach the sponsors partnership differently than we had in the past. We looked seriously at what we could offer them. What community initiatives could we support on their behalf. What could we do for them in return for funding. Its a good thought for any teams looking for sponsors. Yes, you can wear their crests, buy their products and eat at their establishments – but what more can you offer. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: SOMETIMES LIFE GETS IN THE WAY!

I get asked often. Where did you come from? And they are not asking, where I was born either. But more, how had I, at 44 represented Canada at the 2010 Olympics when I had previously had so little international experience and no major titles to my name. The simple answers? Maybe it wasn’t my time yet. Or, I hadn’t found the right fit for a team. However, I have given it a lot of thought over the last eight months, and all those reason did come to mind – but the truth is, I think during these last four years, we were all at a time in our lives where we could commit to working very hard with the least amount of personal distractions. (The only one that didn’t have the luxury of “no distractions” was Carolyn – who I admire incredibly for her ability to pursue her dreams an continue to be an amazing mother. She is a rarity). READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: DON’T DO COMPLACENCY

As I write this blog Team Bernard has just finished up their 3rd event this season. It began with a win in our small Calgary Curling Club opener on Sept 10th (I had just flown in two days prior, from a two week African safari so I was a bit jet lagged). One thing we had agreed on at the end of last season was to not throw a stone this summer, so that we all had time to recover from a long season last year. So suffice to say – we were all pretty pleased with ourselves, my 10 hour time change and the fact that none of us had hardly thrown before the event didn’t seem to have much of an effect. We pretty much carried on from the end of last season. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: MEDAL RESPONSIBILITIES

I flew to Toronto a few months back – out from Calgary at 5 pm and back home the next day at 3pm. Quick trip, for a great cause. It was the Microsoft Xbox launch M4M (Mission for Miracles) event. Microsoft was promoting their new “gaming and giving” concept. Gamers can now donate their points for great items and at the same time donated the points to the Children’s Miracle Network across Canada. It seemed to make so much sense to me; I was amazed it hadn’t been done before. You are now teaching a generation how to give – to show compassion. Sort of like the old telethon’s that use to be on TV, but now you are accessing a different generation – in their language. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: THE LESSONS OF THE MEDAL – PERSPECTIVE

This is the final post of a three part series, “The Lessons of the Medal“. Sport teaches so many lessons that can be used in everyday life – its understanding those lessons and applying them to your daily life that is the difficult part. In my first post of this series, “Teamwork“ I explored just how important team is, whether you win or lose. In the second post, “Pursuing Your Dreams“ I explained how important the journey is compared to the end result. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: THE LESSONS OF THE MEDAL – PURSUING YOUR DREAMS

Sport teaches so many lessons that can be used in everyday life – it’s understanding those lessons and applying them to your daily life that is the difficult part. In my first post of this series, “Teamwork“, I explored just how important team is, whether you win or lose. In this second post, I will talk about the importance of pursuing your dreams! A few years back I co-wrote a book called “Between The Sheets”. It’s about the mental side of the game. In the foreword of the book, I used a quote I loved from Theodore Roosevelt. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: THE LESSONS OF THE MEDAL – TEAMWORK

When I look back at our team’s journey and what was accomplished I have to pinch myself – an Olympic silver medal! Our journey was not just those two incredible weeks in Vancouver, but four amazing years with my teammates plus decades for each of us dreaming about winning something significant in our favorite sport. Serious athletes understand how hard it is just to have an opportunity to compete, but to be called an Olympian. This is special. We were 2nd in the world by only a millimeter. We get to call ourselves Olympians forever. We get to show this silver medal till the day we die. And believe me, this is more than a medal. It’s a Symbol! READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: TO CURL OR NOT TO CURL

It was common knowledge that prior to the Olympic Trials in December our team had agreed that if we didn’t win the 2009 Trials we were going our separate ways at the end of the season. That decision wasn’t about any team dynamic issues but rather more about our personal lives and how much we had all put into curling in the four years leading up to the Trials. There were marriages coming up, discussions on babies, spouses that were getting tired of being single and jobs that needed our attention. What we didn’t discuss however, was what we were going to do if we won! Our decision to continue to play was based on a variety of things. The first was the realization of what we would now be invited to next season – that got us pretty pumped! We get to play in the Canada Cup of Curling, Nov 30 to December 5th, in Medicine Hat, Alberta – which is an event we love. We also get to compete in The Continental Cup as part of Team North America, in St Albert Jan 13-17, 2011 – what fun! Next we have guaranteed a spot into our Alberta Scotties Provincials Jan 26-30, 2011 in Camrose and with a win there – we would get an all expense paid trip across Canada to my adopted home province, Prince Edward Island, Feb 19-27, 2011 where Charlotteown is hosting the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS BY CHERYL BERNARD

Welcome to the first (of many) blogs I will be doing exclusively for the Curling.ca website for the next year. Why a blog? Seems that after you win a silver medal, people are interested. They want to get “between the sheets” and find out the details – what we do and why we do it! So enjoy! The three questions I have answered numerous times since the Olympics ended are: What were the Olympics like? How has your life changed? And what’s up for Team Bernard next season? What were the Olympics like? This is a tough question for my first blog, as I am now trying to describe the indescribable. Surreal is the very first word that comes to mind – exciting, unbelievable, life changing, amazing! I remember talking to Gerry Peckham after our first game and I will never forget his words. “We never have, and we never will see anything like this again in the history of curling.” And I think Gerry has been to every winter Olympics since curling became an official sport. READ...