Ottawa curler a calendar girl
By Joe Pavia, QMI Agency
|Ottawa's Emma Miskew is one of 12 athletes featured in the 2012 Women of Curling calendar now on sale.
Ottawa’s Emma Miskew is a model curler.
The 22-year-old vice for Rachel Homan is one of 12 athletes featured in the 2012 Women of Curling calendar, which raises money for the Canadian Spinal Research Organization’s “Shoot For A Cure” program.
The calendar is known for showing the world’s top women curlers in a different — and at times somewhat racier — light. As a result, when she was first asked to pose, Miskew had some reservations.
“In the past, I wasn’t going to do it because the calendar was a bit different. My first reaction was, I don’t think so,” Miskew says. “When I read I could choose what I can wear and choose the image, I said okay because it was for a good cause and good for the team.”
The first edition of the Women of Curling calendar several years ago sold about 7,800 copies, with the proceeds going towards the women’s teams.
To encourage sales, the curlers posed in a much more risque manner than in recent years. Beginning last year, proceeds have been directed to Shoot for a Cure.
What did Miskew wear?
“I decided to go with a dress,” she explains. “It reflected my personality more. It has a classy look. It’s a summer nature scene you don’t see in the curling season. Usually curlers see us in a uniform or in scruffy clothes or jeans. I thought I would wear an evening dress in a nature setting, something people wouldn’t see us in during the winter.”
The photographer did the shoot in the Miskew family’s backyard. The lanky third with a model’s features says she was comfortable in front of the camera.
“I have been posing for team pictures forever. It’s kind of second nature now.”
Her family wholeheartedly supported her decision.
“They didn’t have any problem with it,” Miskew says. “Anything to help out charity. My dad might have been a bit hesitant, but it was okay.”
The calendar is available online for $29.95 (including taxes, shipping and handling) at womenofcurlingcalendar.com or at the Hogline Curlers Proshop. Next year’s calendar will feature Homan’s lead, Lisa Weagle.
Pepsi junior zone results are as follows: 1A — Melissa Gannon and Matthew Jackson; B — Erin Butler and Jason Camm; 2A — Jamie Sinclair and Ryan McCrady; B — Kimberly Gannon and Trevor Ferrier; 3A — Lauren Horton and Brett Lyon-Hatcher; B — Evie Fortier and Jordie Lyon-Hatcher; 4A — Natalie Gagnon and Chris Lewis; B — Leah Maxwell and Mac Calwell. In Tim Hortons masters: 1A — Bob Rodney; B — Stuart McKay; 2A — Layne Noble; B — Brian Savill; 4A — Ivan Suddergaard; B — Tim Bakonyi. In the Gore Mutual school girls and boys: 2A — Charlotte MacLaren and Alex Cormier; B — Morgan Steele and Stuart Leslie. Best Western intermediate winners were: 1A — Jennifer Harvey and Kevin Baker; B — Sandra Chisholm; 2A — Cheryl McBain and Layne Noble; B — Joyce Potter and Bill Blad; 3B — Lester McInnis.
The Capital One Canada Cup begins Wednesday in Cranbrook, B.C. Homan’s team is one of seven women’s rinks competing, with the prize being a direct entry into the 2013 Canadian Curling Trials. The men’s side also features seven rinks. Since no one team is dominating this season, this is a crapshoot. I predict Coldwater’s Glenn Howard will win the men’s event, with Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon taking the women’s side. TSN and RDS will televise the semis on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men), then the Dec. 4 finals at 11 a.m. (women) and 3:30 p.m. (men).
The final of the women’s Tankard Tune-up on Sunday was decided on a measure, with Ottawa’s Christine McCrady defeating Montreal’s Kim Mastine. Howard Rajala came from behind and take the men’s side, defeating Ottawa’s Chris Gardner.