Australia has a vibrant curling community despite several road blocks. There are no dedicated curling facilities and very few ice rinks. It’s a large country whose population centers are spread out. So how is Australia growing the sport and making the semifinals at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships? We spoke to native Australian and federation secretary Lyn Gill to find out. We start with curling news from Canada, Nigeria and Scotland and get into our interview with Lyn at 12:20.
Ryan came prepared to talk about curling. Jonathan came prepared to talk about dinosaurs. The compromise is an episode where we assign a curler to each of the Top 10 most popular dinosaurs. It is peak summertime content. Plus news from the curling world, including the cancelation of the World Mixed Curling Championship.
Fort Wayne Curling Club has had an interesting history. The club in northeast Indiana starting curling on skating ice in 2010. Since then, they’ve moved not once, but twice to two different dedicated curling rinks. How did this club go from arena ice to a three-sheet dedicated facility to another four-sheet facility? We asked president Craig Fischer about the club’s journey and about the obstacles they overcame to achieve their dreams.
Our interview with Craig starts at 23:15. First, we go through curling news from Switzerland to Saskatoon. We also preview the upcoming Korean curling championships, starting at 10:05.
Jonathan and Ryan give their wishlist for the 2021-22 curling season and beyond. We look at our own curling experience, the podcast and competitive curling and give you our ideas that we hope happen. Plus, recent curling news from Sweden to Kansas City.
First up we review women’s worlds, the slams and men’s worlds and learn why Jonathan has started calling Russia “Team VPN.” This leads to debates about live streams, Olympic expansion and rugby codes. Then we give quick previews of mixed doubles worlds and US nationals. Finally, we have curling news from Lithuania to LA and points in between.
Get ready for the 2021 World Women’s Curling Championship with our in-depth preview. We go team-by-team and give you what to watch for during the tournament. Plus, we get to know three of the teams thanks to interviews with China’s coach, Marco Mariani, Japan’s coach, Connor Njegovan, and Korea’s coach, Lim Myung-sup.
Estonian Curling with Fred Randver of Curling Tallinn
Danish Curling with President Henrik Christoffersen
Korea’s Team Kim with Coach Peter Gallant and Consultant Melvin Lee
USA Curling with CEO Jeff Plush
And now for something completely different. We dive into Canadian curling champion Ed Lukowich’s sci-fi novel, The Trillionist and Ed’s Trillion Theory. Joining us to explore the concepts in the novel is Andrew Heaton. Heaton is a comedian, author, political satirist and host of the sci-fi podcast “Alienating the Audience.”
“Run it Back” is our continuing series looking at important games from curling’s Olympic age. In this edition, we talk to Actual Scotsman Kerr Alexander about the 2009 men’s Worlds final between David Murdoch and Kevin Martin. This game includes the most infamous strategic decision in curling history. Other Topics: Scottish sporting shortcomings, acoustic guitar bros, Moncton.
We have all you need to know for the 2021 World Men’s Curling Championship. First, we preview each team, including an interview with China’s coach, Sören Grahn. Then, we break the teams down into tiers and discuss the possible scenarios that will impact qualification for the 2022 Olympic Games. As many as six teams will punch their ticket to the Olympics so there is a lot on the line in Calgary.
Previously, we discussed how to utilize inexpensive marketing efforts to bring people into our curling organizations and then how to convert them into new curlers. Now, we’ll focus on what I would consider the most important aspect of new curler recruitment: Welcoming and onboarding new curlers into curling leagues.
We noted the importance of turning current curlers into boosters and enthusiasts when we discussed the concept of the curling sales funnel. The effectiveness of new curler onboarding goes a long way to determining not only if your new curlers will feel committed and connected to your organization, but if they’ll be retained at all.