Dawn Askin

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Dawn Askin will watch her tongue at the Scott.

She hasn't had many chances to curl in front of a national TV audience, so she isn't accustomed to the microphones that the players are required to wear for the networks.

In the past, players have been known to unleash an expletive or two, forgetting the wire they're wearing.

That's when it's time to turn red-faced.

"It could happen, yeah," says Askin.

Apparently, she and Stephanie Hanna, the team's lead, are the ones more apt to swear during a game.

"Being miked, I don't like it," Askin admits. "I don't like people hearing what I have to say, and it makes me a little uneasy.

"Interviews, I'm not a big fan of them. TV interviews, I'm pacing before them and shaking and stuff like that."

Askin considers herself the comedian of the squad.

"I do so many clumsy things. I'm tripping. I'm throwing the wrong turn, although I haven't thrown the wrong turn yet this year," she says. "I'm just spilling stuff everywhere. I can take jokes, so everybody always jokes around with me."

She began curling at age 7 when her parents enrolled her in the Little Rocks program at the RCMP club.

Askin says the game has provided her with some great times and memories.

"It's given me the opportunity to travel, and I've met so many great friends in this sport. That's probably the best part of it."

She experienced her biggest curling thrill during last month's provincial championship when the team rebounded after a bad start to win eight straight games and the Ontario title.

"We had always done really well in the round-robin, but in the playoffs it didn't go as well. It was definitely an experience doing it this way," she says.

"But, hey, it's great."

She works as an administrative assistant for the Ashley Furniture store on Innes Road, where she is responsible for placing orders with the company's home office in the U.S.


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