In 2011 I played in my first curling event that was covered by media. The Canada Winter Games (CWG), in my hometown of Halifax, Canada. I was in my final year of high school, trying to decide what to pursue in university. During the CWG, I noticed all of the jobs going on behind the scenes – the organisers, the TV crew, the journalists, the photographers, the list goes on. I thought to myself, “what can I do to get involved in this? This is what I want to be doing.” After some research I found out there was a great Public Relations programme at the university close to me. Perfect!
I went into the PR programme with hopes of working in Sports Media and Communications. In my final year of the degree, I came across a Tweet on Twitter that said “Apply now for Sports Media Trainee Programme!” from the World Curling Federation (WCF).
My application was sent in, and my fingers stayed crossed. I didn’t get my hopes up though, because I knew there would be many strong applicants.
Not too long after, I received a phone call from Cameron [Communications and Media Relations Manager] asking me to join the team in Karlstad, Sweden for the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship
while I was in class. I couldn’t believe it! I instantly began to cry because of how much it meant to me.
Now, six months later and here I am! Sitting next to Cameron and the whole WCF Media Team, on the infamous ‘royal blue media bench’ seen at most World Championships, in the beautiful Löfbergs Lila Arena. From the moment I met the WCF crew, they have been nothing but welcoming. I could tell right away they were a down to earth, hardworking group. Exactly the type of people I want to work with.
On the first day, I had no idea what I would be doing – I figured shadowing Cameron, and getting a gist of how a World Championship runs. I was wrong. After the second draw, Cameron asked if I could interview the teams coming off the ice. I was honest with him, I had never done an interview in my life and I was really nervous. So, I watched him interview Team England and then before I knew it, it was my moment to shine. I spoke with Team Japan and asked two simple questions about the game. Whew, I’m basically a professional journalist now.
After two days I’ve done ten interviews with players from around the world. I’m getting more comfortable with it, but I’m still trying to find my style and rhythm. I’m sure it will come along with practice. I’ve also helped out with post session round-ups, and I’m looking forward to writing the feature articles.
There are 42 teams here in Karlstad, which makes for very entertaining match-ups. I’m in heaven between doing write-ups, gathering quotes, and watching curling for a week straight. I know this will be a challenging and tiring week, but there’s no where else I’d rather be in the world.
Hej då för nu! Bye for now!