Olivia Verge Rocks! (Curling for the First Time)

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The Olympics have wrapped up – did you watch any of it?  Our resident Winter-sports enthusiast Olivia Verge just came back from a young broker’s day where she tried curling for the first time and she loved it so much that she sent me this writeup for our Blog post.  (Olivia was a competitive skiier and now has dedicated her life to insurance.)

Olivia’s Blog Post about Curling

Here’s what I know about curling…

 

  • They’re called rocks not balls, or stones…and they weigh 40 pounds.
  • You DEFINITELY should remove your slider when you are sweeping or you will kiss the ice.
  • Throwing the rock is a small victory compared to actually directing it where you’d like it to go.
  • Sometimes luck outshines experience, but very rarely.
  • This is a beginner-friendly sport (if there is a bar).

 

I attended my first YBN (Young Brokers Network) Curling Funspiel, an annual event that includes curling, free lunch, prizes, and oh yes networking with other young professionals. I’m athletic and competitive so I signed up confidently, despite never having curled.

Olivia is on the far right

Turns out curling is not just winter bowling (as I imagined it to be) – it’s much more complex than that. A game is called a draw, each draw has three “ends”, each end consists of 6 throws of the rock, and I’m still not sure if I should call it a throw? Shot? Toss? Slide? It’s hard.

My team was the only all-girls team; 3 of the 4 of us had never curled, and the other had just enough experience to explain how the game worked. Despite being the underdogs, we came 8th (out of 10 teams)!!

 

Here’s the catch with curling, even if you have multiple rocks in the house, if the other team happens to have their rocks closer to the center (maybe called the bulls eye (can’t confirm or deny if it’s called this) then you don’t score anything!!! So I’d just like to point out that even though we came 8th and didn’t really score a whole lot, we did have a lot of rocks in the house…if that counts for anything.

 

My tactic for my team was to go first, because despite my confidence in my “natural athletic ability”, I had absolutely no aim. I knew if I went first, my rocks would be most likely be knocked out of the way anyway.

 

All jokes aside, curling is a lot of fun and I would definitely play again! The YBN Curling Funspeil was a great opportunity to get to know all of the young, bright minds in the IBANS community! I can’t wait for the next event.

 

YBN = Young Brokers Network

IBANS = Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia

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