Women of Curling model suffered for her art

Edmonton's Jessica Mair in one of the images from the 2013 Women of Curling calendar. (QMI Agency)

Edmonton's Jessica Mair in one of the images from the 2013 Women of Curling calendar. (QMI Agency)

GEORGE KARRYS, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 PM ET

Jessica Mair was committed to her fundraising photo shoot. How committed? Well, she was almost hit by a train.

The 27-year-old Canadian champion from Edmonton, who captured bronze with Team Heather Nedohin at the 2012 women’s worlds, has put on the glam in the 2013 edition of the Women of Curling calendar.

But first, she had to dodge the tram.

“We were in a bit of a tunnel near a train track, because I wanted to try and incorporate some graffiti for the shoot,” said Mair. “And, yeah, we almost got run over by the train.”

Once relocated, Mair and her photographer friend created a colourful image, topped off by the bright pink of her team’s trademark brushes.

“It was a fun afternoon,” said Mair. “My photographer (Oksana Steinborn) did really great work and the results are awesome. Her boyfriend acted as an assistant, and she even wrangled my boyfriend into helping out.”

Mair is one of 12 women of curling from six different countries who planned and assembled their own images for the third edition of the calendar, from which the proceeds go to the Canadian Spinal Research Organization’s “Shoot For A Cure” campaign to end spinal paralysis.

The calendar is available for $29.95 (including shipping and handling) from womenofcurlingcalendar.com.

“I thought it would be a really fun experience to get all dolled up and have my picture taken,” said Mair. “I am not camera-shy. It’s all for a great cause. Some incredible women have been a part of this project, and I’m happy to be involved this year.”

In addition to online sales, Mair and the other athlete models will be selling the product in person at a substantial discount, with additional revenues going to a charitable cause of their choice.

That discounted sales price is also available to curling facilities that use the calendar as a fundraising tool.

The other Canadian athlete models are two-time national university champion Sara Wilkes of Edmonton (by way of Toronto and Kitchener, Ont.), 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador champion Jennifer Cunningham, two-time New Brunswick club champion Shannon Tatlock of Moncton, 2011

Ontario champion Lisa Weagle of Ottawa, recreational curler Priya Shah of Toronto and 2011 Canadian champion and world silver medallist Kim Schneider of Kronau, Sask.

The international athlete models are Russian national team skip Anna Sidorova, 2010 world champion Sara Carlsson of Sweden, 2011 European champion Anna Sloan of Scotland, Hungarian national team skip Ildiko Szekeres and 2006 U.S. Olympic women’s skip Cassie Potter. Each athlete is represented with three images, and each month also includes curling event listings from around the world, colour-coded according to the type of tournament.

“Shoot For A Cure,” which is also supported by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), is the official sport-focused fundraising and awareness campaign of CSRO.

RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Russian skip Sidorova, whose image adorns the calendar’s cover, is making noise under new Swiss coach Thomas Lips. Her squad finished third at the Women’s Masters in Basel to climb to fifth place on the World Curling Tour’s women’s money list, while Basel champ Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden leapt from 19th to second spot, behind leader Sherry Middaugh of Ontario.

The biggest mover in tour week nine was Regina’s Chantelle Eberle, whose victory at the MNP Charity Classic in Medicine Hat vaulted her squad from 143rd in the rankings up to No. 8.

DON’T FORGET DAVE

Heather Nedohin’s used-to-be-more-famous hubby David has returned to the ice wars after a year off and his new team took the men’s title at Medicine Hat. The foursome, which includes former Ferbey Four teammate Scott Pfeifer, now sits in eighth place on the men’s tour money list, up from 53rd.

MANITOBA WEEKEND

Two events in the Buffalo Province are the highlights of this coming weekend’s tour action. The big Manitoba Lotteries Women’s Curling Classic in Winnipeg is the second of four women’s Grand Slam events this season, while Portage la Prairie hosts an equally epic men’s field at the Canad Inns Prairie Classic. The semis and final from Portage will be broadcast live by Shaw TV Manitoba on Oct. 22.


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