Olympic Winner Speaks at Girl Powerment Day in McMurray

Olympic Winner Speaks at Girl Powerment Day in McMurray

On Thurs, Feb. 26, Olympian Cheryl Bernard will be in Spruce Grove giving a talk to the Rotary Club entitled “You Hold The Pen.”

The skip of Canada’s silver medal winning curling team at the 2010 Winter Olympics will talk about making decisions, both on the ice and off of it, and how doing so effectively can have an enormous impact.

“My theme is about choices, and that you have control over how your life story unfolds,” Bernard said. “I want to tell people that sport is so much more about the journey and not the final prize, that medal or Stanley Cup.”

Bernard’s curling career has certainly taken her on quite the journey. The Grande Prairie native won two provincial titles before she turned 30, getting the chance to represent Alberta at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, finishing second in 1996.

It took 11 years for Bernard to reach nationals again, finally returning to the big stage in 2007. A strong couple seasons helped her qualify for the 2009 Roar of the Rings, the tournament which determines Canada’s representative in the Olympics.

After a narrow one-point victory in the final, Bernard earned the right to represent Canada then came out swinging in Vancouver, finishing in first-place in the round robin portion at the Olympics. Team Bernard made it to the gold medal match against Sweden, where she just barely lost in the 11th end on a narrow miss.

Bernard hopes to give those attending the ability to look differently at the world.