Assistant to the Vice Skip (Second)
There comes a morning when most of us wake up, wipe our eyes and ask, "How did I get here?"
We grow up thinking we'll change the world. I woke up one day to the cold reality that I was 30-something, slightly overweight, a dad, working hard every day - and I hadn't made my global mark. Like most everyone, I could have accepted that fate, slaving away like a worker bee until my body became part of the hive. But I rejected that to find a new path - a path that will lead me to the Olympics in curling.
But it's a fallacy that the individual achieves greatness. Becoming a champion isn't something anyone achieves alone. We forget the people who help: the sherpa who carries the oxygen bottle up Everest, the crew supporting the English Channel swimmer.
I guess people believe the individual is great because so many of us imagine a goal but don't follow through on the work it takes to achieve it. Successful people persevere even when the enthusiasm wears off. Even when other people give up on your dream.
We haven't given up on our dream. My teammates and I have the ability to achieve it - and I believe we have the courage and perseverance, too.