The curling season has come and gone once again and for many it was a season of celebration, trophy lifting and making some money. Canada's Brad Gushue and Rachel Homan hoisted the ultimate prize of the year in claiming world championship victories. Sweden's Niklas Edin hoisted a few grand slam titles and finished the year with the second-largest money haul in the history of the sport.
But championship wins and giant oversize cheques are not the only keys to success within the sport. And not all athletes and nations competing will get to wrap themselves in the warm glow of championship victories. For some, just being able to compete on the big ice is a victory in itself while trying to #growthesport back home to keep curling sustainable and relevant. The sports development model is a work in progress.
The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships wrapped up over a week ago in Lethbridge, Alberta. The #TwineTime blog was fortunate enough to attend the event and have some time to talk to a few of the players competing from the "non-traditional" curling powerhouse nations. Sure we know about Canada and USA and Sweden and Scotland and Switzerland. We know how the sport is doing in those nations. But what about other nations around the globe? Do you know how the sport is doing in Poland or Latvia? What about the other #TeamGB nations, Wales and England? And what about the newest challenger in the America's region, Brazil?