Dawn of a new age

JOE PAVIA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Lead and they will follow.

Ottawa has two of the premier leads in the country -- Craig Savill with world champion Glenn Howard and now Dawn Askin with Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones.

Askin was instrumental in Jones' come-from-behind win over Kelly Scott in Saturday's Tylenol Players Championship in Calgary. The former Jenn Hanna second plans to move to Winnipeg in July to be closer to boyfriend Mike McEwen, who she met when both played juniors.

"Both Jenns are similar. They play more aggressive than the average women's team," Askin said.

Askin wasn't nervous when she first played for Jones in Switzerland earlier this season.

"I just wanted to play well for them and play well for me,'' she recalled. ''If anything, I wanted to see if I wanted to play with them. It was really easy playing for them."

The Jones squad is assured of at least an Olympic pre-tournament qualifying spot. It needs just one major national win in the next two seasons to earn a spot in the eight-team Olympic Trials for the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Askin is in the right place at the right time.

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME: It usually takes an outsider to tell us what we have in Canada. Peder Floke, a 20-year-old Swede, arrived in Ottawa at the end of January to improve his English.

"Canada was a natural choice since it's the curling nation and I'm a curling freak," he said.

Despite playing in some top men and junior competitions back home, he encountered surprises in Canada.

"I never expected it (curling) to be so big. I didn't expect to see so many curling clubs since we have only two in Stockholm,'' he said. ''It's more than just curling. It's the social life. It surprised me. I didn't expect to see the losers sitting with the winners because in Sweden we just go home. I really like that here."

On his visit to the Tim Hortons Brier: "I was surprised how big it was. I didn't expect it to be bigger than the worlds, but it is and the curling's better. We have five top teams and here you have 200 teams."

On his delivery: "I have changed my delivery here. I put the rock closer to the centre line and I get higher in the delivery. My skip in Sweden will probably kill me."

Floke's family visited him here last week to celebrate his 20th birthday.

"I think and dream in English now,'' he said. ''I talk in my sleep and my father told me I was speaking in English."

He leaves Canada on May 9, but will take some lasting impressions with him.

"All curlers here,'' he said, ''are nice guys."

END RESULTS: In Ottawa, Bob Turcotte earned the OCA mixed mantle while Bob Garvin of Sweep magazine took the Ontario senior mixed title ... B.C. won the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship.

LAST SHOT: Today is the last weekly report until next season. I have one last wish -- Cochrane come back or you will be the "hacksis" of evil.


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