Who\What introduced you to Curling?
My grandmother and my mother. We lived just a half block from the curling club, hockey rink growing up in small town Saskatchewan, Rosetown.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
No, just careful as my husband likes to say. Our team's ritual is to arrive at the rink so that we can have time to thoroughly stretch, prepare for the game.
What is your career highlight to date?
Thats a tough one but I would have to say watching Wayne and Team Canada win the World's last year in Basil, Switzerland. The fact that both our girls and the families of the other members of the team were there to celebrate their win and to sing "Oh Canada".
What is one shot you would like to try again?
There are a couple: 2008 STOH inturn double against Jennifer Jones in the extra end of the semmi-final, in turn tap against Colleen Jones in 2004 STOH in the 1/2 to advance to the finals and then again that same event an out turn hit against Marie-France Larouche to get the final.
Who was influential in your curling development?
There have been so many people/coaches that have had a very positive influence over the years. Larry Couture in University who wasn't the most skilled curler but had an incredible way about him to get the best out his players. Pat B. Reid who coached me for many years and still is a very close friend and sounding board. Pat always knows the right thing to say at the right time. Jim Waite who is currently coaching our team knows when to light the fire under our butts when we aren't playing up to our potential and when we win a big game with our "A" performance has the biggest grin on his face. Of course, Wayne, who is always there to listen to my venting but doesn't overstep or criticize.
What is your favourite sport other then curling?
I enjoy golf but unfortunately don't get out for much more than nine holes a week, Tuesday night in our ladies league, and the odd charity tournament which is usually a scramble and not very serious.
What is your most embarrassing moment on the curling ice?
Not sure but probably trying to learn how to sweep on the other side for the first time. I am not the most graceful person or the most adept sweeper so when I tried to keep up with the rock running down the ice with both grippers I looked more like a drunk giraffe than a curler.
There certainly are some funny moments that I was involved in like in the 1997 Olympic Trials in Brandon when my second, Sandra Mulroney was sweeping a rock to make a double against Marily Bodogh. Sandra was maneuvering around some stones trying to keep up with the rock and she lost her balance, landing on the ice with her legs spread. She did not burn a single rock but it made the TV highlight reel and announcers said it looked like she gave birth to some curling rocks.
What is your earliest curling memory?
On the ice learning to curl in Rosetown putting both feet in the hack with my mom's encouragement. I still remember the ashtrays out on the ice were actual tin cans put on steel rods located on the side boards down the ice.
What kind of Training Regimen do you follow?
Train with a personal trainer in the off season which unfortunately haven't had the time for now that the season is in full swing. Used to consist of going to the gym with my trainer a couple of times a week to work on cardio, core, lower and upper body but now it is all about maintenance.
What are your curling strengths?
I like to think I understand the game strategically, pick up on the nuances in the ice early in the game and definitely draw weight and soft shots though I am working on my upper weigh shots which seems to be working as I recently made a high hard one in China in the 9th end to score 3 in the final game against Wang.
What are your curling weaknesses?
Getting frustrated with myself when I am not curling well which is a mental weakness.
What kind of goals have you set for yourself?
To win a Scotties and get to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Do others in your Family curl?
My mother and grandmother, who are both deceased. Obviously my husband, his parents and now my children.
What do you enjoy most about curling?
Competing, both the highs and lows of it and of course the people. That is what I will miss most when I retire from competitive curling.
What have you learned through curling?
I have learned a lot about myself, both good and bad, and how I handle myself under different circumstances.
Other Olympic Sport you'd like to try?
What would you like others to know about curling?
That it is a full time job that we do around our families, careers. It is a real balancing act. We are on the ice from August till the end of April, sometimes curling as many as 11 games in a four day period. There are not many sports that require that much focus, physical dedication.
Most memorable curling experience?
The last shot in the 2003 JVC/TSN Women's Skins Game in St. Thomas, Ontario against Debbie McCormick. We needed to make an inturn run in and we stuck it to score two and win the skins game taking home winnings totally $65,500!
Who is your greatest competitor?
Over the years I would have to say Sandra Schmirler because we seemed to curl her team so often when I lived in Saskatchewan and Ann Merklinger because we had so many great battles out on the ice. Currently there are so many great ladies teams in Canada and from other countries so difficult to choose just one.
Who is your curling rival?
Every single person I step on the ice to play against.
Place you'd like to build a curling club?
Right out on Georgian Bay in front of our house and we live in the most beautiful part of Canada.