BETWEEN THE SHEETS: THANKS COACH!

To our Coach, Dennis Balderston. Thank you for missing so many important family events for the team. Thank you to your family for letting us have so much of you all these years. Thank you for tapping us on the shoulder at the Patch to remind us it was ‘time to go”. Thank you for reminding us of our three F’s! Fun, Focus and Finish! Thank you for always finding new ways to challenge us. Thank you for being the ‘master scheduler’ for our team. Thank you for keeping Cathy O away from Carolyn (and the rest of the team) when she was wanting to have some fun! Thank you for being Cori’s fellow Roughrider fan! Thank you for providing years of entertainment whenever you ordered your custom meal at a restaurant. Thank you for going to the team meetings when we all went to bed. Thank you for attending the pro-am in Lethbridge at the Scotties when we were ALL’ under the weather!’ Thank you for eating all the cheesies in our kitchen at the Olympics to save us the extra calories. Thank you for taking on the role of bouncer and bodyguard for Cheryl at the Olympics. Thank you for the hours you spent facing the corner in our co-ed dressing room in Vancouver while we ALL changed – and for not being mad when we sometimes forgot you! Thank you for knowing us well enough to know when we needed it to be just ‘the team.’ Thank your for the millions of hours sitting on a hard cold chair watching us curl – and not always...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: GET INVOLVED!

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” — Vincent van Gogh. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. How time flies! Our entire team has stayed busy with old and new involvements. An as I said in an earlier blog – It is our responsibility to give back. Here are some of the things I support, believe in and give my time to. Get involved! Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada – Most of you know my father passed away from a brain tumour a few years ago. And I am finally able to get involved and help raise awareness as their 2011 Spokesperson. And I am going to run in two of their Spring Sprint events, May 29th in Vancouver and June 12th in Calgary. So once the snow leaves the city of Calgary, I am going to dust off my dog, Hugo and both of us are going to start running again! This year there are 21 Spring Sprint events in eight provinces across Canada, each event is driven by volunteers. The goal this year is to raise $1.5 million for education, information, and support for the estimated 55,000 Canadians affected by brain tumours. Donations also fund research into the cause and better treatments for brain tumours. Visit www.springsprint.ca. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW, THE MEMORIES WILL BE IMPORTANT

There is a time of year in all sports when team break ups, line up changes and player movement begins.And as the Scott Tournament of Hearts came to a close last weekend – that time began for women’s curling (the men are delayed by a couple weeks). And with those team changes come disappointment for some and excitement for others. I don’t think anyone has perfected team break ups, and I am not sure there is any sure fire way to “do it right”. But I will say our 2010 Olympic Silver medal team handled our dissolution the best way we knew how. That doesn’t speak as much for the ‘how” we did it but more to the “who” did it and the class and maturity of each of the team members. But I will first address: Why did our team, after so much success, chose to go our own ways? READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: THE SILVER LINING

My talented author and friend Guy Scholz wrote this blog about the release of our new book. Enjoy! Between the Sheets: The Silver Lining “Between the Sheets is really a life-skills book using curling as the primary metaphor.” – George Karrys, owner/publisher, The Curling News and 1988 Olympic silver medalist Last December I had this feeling come over me that I better keep a journal close to the TV, keep the printer ink up for my computer, sharpen my exacto-knife for news stories, and start recording my impressions, observations, quotes, etc from Team Bernard as they started securing the top seed at the Olympic Trials in Edmonton. I never told Cheryl I was doing this. I didn’t want to jinx ‘em. Then when they went to Vancouver to win their silver medal I kept the journal jottings up. A few weeks after the Olympics, Cheryl called and said we should do an updated version of Between the Sheets: The Silver Lining. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: JANUARY 2011 – A MONTH TEAM BERNARD WON’T FORGET

I look back at the last 3 weeks… wow. We were part of an amazing team at the Continental Cup, then a mad dash to the TSN Skins Game in Casino Rama and a one day turn around and a 2 hour drive to Camrose for the Alberta Provincial Scotties (those results we might like to forget). The Skins Game was amazing. The venue – who would have ever thought we would be curling in a Casino? TSN and the Casino treated us like Rock Stars and we came within millimeters of winning the battle of the sexes. Some thought a women’s team shouldn’t compete in the men’s event… and honestly I wasn’t so sure either… but I think we held our own and had the Old Bear a wee bit nervous to say the least. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: MY FIRST TRIP TO THE CONTINENTAL CUP!

I cheered for Erika Brown from the US, I high fived with Jennifer Jones, I strategized with Rick Lang, and I swept with Ben Hebert (ok…maybe that’s a stretch). And when it was all said and done, our 26 member, North American team pulled off a huge win at the 2011 Continental Cup of Curling! Fun? Unbelievably so! Exhausting? Oh yeah…the days were long and for some, the nights even longer. And that is why, this blog will be short. There are not a lot of first after you have played this game for 30 plus years. But the Continental Cup was one of them and I am so glad I had the opportunity. Being the newbies, Team Bernard had no idea what to expect. Coach’s Rick Lang and Neil Harrison began the week with a great pep talk, followed by Kevin Martin who imparted his past experience regarding this event. And that was all we needed! READ...