February 5, 2013
Competitive drive keeps Glenn Howard hungry
By STEVE GREEN, QMI Agency
BARRIE, ONT. - Don’t believe any rumours you might hear of Glenn Howard curling seniors next year.
Yes, the defending Ontario, Canadian and world men’s champ turned 50 last summer — just where has the time gone, anyway? — but he has no plans to leave the competitive ranks just yet.
First of all, he’s got an eighth straight Ontario men’s crown to win this week, with an eye to defending his other two championships. And then there are the Olympic trials in December in Winnipeg, where Canada’s best will try to be the ones wearing the maple leaf at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
“I am a little bit,” he said when asked if he’s pondering his curling future. “A lot of people are asking me about it, so sort of by default I have to think about it. Basically, if I still want to get out of bed and curl and I’m still having fun, I’ll still play. If it becomes labour, I won’t.”
He hasn’t decided yet if he’ll keep going for the 2018 Olympics if he’s not successful this time.
“I really don’t believe whether I go to the Olympics or not is going to be the deciding factor,” he said.
It just seems like yesterday that Glenn and his older brother Russ were winning it all for the first time back in 1987 — Glenn is doing his best to keep the ravages of time at bay. He’s worked with a personal trainer for the last four years and said he’s in much better shape now than he was 10 years ago.
“I don’t want to be 50, are you kidding me? I’d rather still be 25,” he said. “But I’ve kept myself in good shape and I really can’t stop now.”