little girl has love for curling & helping others in need

Coraline Urquhart may be facing a life changing surgery, but that doesn’t stop her from helping others in need.

The 6-year-old, who lives in Killarney, Manitoba, is having surgery on October 13 to have a kidney removed. Coraline celebrated her sixth birthday on September 28 with a curling themed party.

“She asked us if she could have a big birthday party with everyone in town. I told her I don’t think you need that many presents,” said Urquhart. “She said ‘well what if I give them away?’”

Coraline’s mom suggested donating the toys to the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Coraline loved the idea. On Sunday, September 25, Coraline’s party included various versions of curling games to play, curling themed quizzes on the walls, and maple leaf cookie decorating stations.

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Coraline’s birthday cake. Photo provided by Kyla Urquhart.

“I think it helps that her dad and I curl. We are at the rink all winter as a family,” said Urquhart. “It’s something I think a lot of small town prairie kids can relate to.”

The Urquhart’s received two truckloads of toys at the birthday party that will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation. If you would like to donate a toy, or find out more about how you can get involved, visit the Children’s Hospital Foundation website at http://www.goodbear.mb.ca. You can also browse through the Dr. Goodbear Gifts catalogue online and choose a toy to donate to the hospital.

image3Guests brought toys to donate to the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Photo by Kyla Urquhart.

Coraline’s mom is collecting curling related items to give to her after her surgery. Signed team pictures, autographed shirts/jackets, programs, cards/letters, or a video message from your team at the rink, or anything curling related are all graciously accepted. Coraline is also getting the opportunity to meet Team Jennifer Jones at the 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling in Brandon, Manitoba. If you have anything you’d like to donate, please email Kyla Urquhart at kylacurquhart@gmail.com.

image1Coraline setting up the Curling Canada Rocks & Rings game. Photo provided by Kyla Urquhart.

“People keep asking why she likes curling, particularly women’s curling,” said Urquhart. “As a mom with daughters, I can’t think of another professional sport where men’s and women’s coverage is equal. [They are] an awesome group of professional, competitive, ambitious, relatable, and smart women to watch and look up to!”

 

 

 

unexpected changes are sometimes the best kind

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I was cheering on the Goldeyes one hot summer afternoon, when I got an email from the University of Manitoba. I was rejected from the Faculty of Kinesiology. I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes, and I knew this moment was about to change my future forever. I had already been in school for five years, and suddenly felt all of that time and money was wasted.

What was I going to do? Spend even more money to redo classes? What if my grades still weren’t good enough after that?

It sounds dramatic, but this situation coupled with a few others, made it feel like my life was crumbling before my own eyes. At the time, I had a summer job at a day program working with people living with disabilities. It was a job I absolutely loved, but at the same time, I was looking forward to returning to school to graduate with a degree.

I moped around the rest of the day, and later on, faced the difficult conversation with my parents about where my future was headed. They suggested I stay in school, get a bachelor’s degree, and figure it out from there.

To me it wasn’t that simple.

I spent the next few weeks in a state of uneasiness, debating my options, and asking the opinions of others. I finally came to the decision to work full time at the day program, something that changed my life drastically – for the better.

If I had gotten into Kinesiology, maybe I would’ve graduated. Maybe not. Maybe I would’ve become a personal trainer. Maybe not. Maybe I would’ve been working in sports management… The options are endless of what could’ve happened.

The truth is, for something I thought would turn my life inside out – and it did for a while – it also turned out to be an amazing life experience. In fact, working at the day program was one of the best decisions I ever made. I worked there for over two years helping to improve the quality of other’s lives. Not only that, but I met people who opened my mind to new experiences and helped me explore my ‘creative’ side. I traveled to Chicago to go to Lollapalooza, discovered a new interest in photography, and all of that led me to applying for CreComm. Had I gotten into Kinesiology, I don’t exactly know what I would be doing right now.

And I’m 100% okay with that.

Q&A

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Cathy Overton-Clapham is a Canadian curler from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is the 2008 World Champion, and a 5-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champion. She appeared at the tournament 12 times. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to play with her last season. I admire her knowledge and experience she brings to the game. Check out the interview below!

KK: You’ve had so many accomplishments throughout your career. Is there a particular highlight?

CO: I would say winning my first World Championship in 2008.

KK: What is the best shot you’ve been part of?

CO: There’s been many great ones. There’s one that stands out and it was a really simple shot. It was in the World’s. Our skip made a freeze and we needed to steal to force an extra end. It was just a wide open house, and it was a freeze but it was the best probably team shot made.

KK: What do you think of the new broom regulations?

CO: It’s too bad that the brooms have played a big part of the success of a lot of teams in the last year, so it’s nice to see that it’s being monitored. All the broom manufacturers are using the same fabrics. It’s going to go back to the skill of the thrower, and the shots not going to be made all by the brushing. I think it’s a good thing.

KK: You were originally planning on stepping back from curling this year. What changed your mind?

CO: I was asked by three people I feel that are very talented and I didn’t want to see that not work out for them. And I had so much fun with my team last year that I was going to have a hard time stepping back.

KK: You have a new curling team. What does your schedule look like and what are some of your goals?

CO: We have a very busy start to our season. We are [playing] every weekend in September and into the first weekend of October. I think getting off to a good start as a new team, it’s always hard to gel at the beginning, and I think so far we have after one event. I think we’re fortunate that we’ve all played with each other in a combination. We obviously want to make provincials and have a great year and hopefully be one of those teams that make the pre-trials.

KK: What do you do to stay in shape?

CO: I go to yoga quite regularly and I ride my bike often.

KK: What is one thing you’ve taken away from the game?

CO: I’ve met many wonderful people through the game that obviously wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t curl. I have friends all over the world from curling, I’ve got to travel, and I’ve got to see the world from curling. I think at the end of the day having a dream and going after it and working hard to achieve it.

KK: What is one thing you would change in curling?

CO: That’s a good one. Well, as I’m getting older I really love the eight ends over the ten ends. It makes the game more strategic from the very beginning. I love everything about the game, but at the end of the day I’d make it eight ends.

KK: I agree with you. I would definitely go over to eight ends. Is it difficult to juggle curling and having a family?

CO: Yes. I’ve missed many firsts for the kids, but they’ve been so supportive. It’s funny, I don’t know that they know any better but when I wasn’t going to play last year or this year, the comments were [about] what was I going to do all winter. [Laughs] They wanted me to be away I think. I think it was really difficult. I was fortunate I didn’t have to work up until the last few years, so if anything I would say it might have been a little hard on the kids with all the travel. But they’ve been so supportive, so they’ve got to see a lot of the country as well coming to watch a lot of the Scotties. It’s been beneficial for everyone.

KK: On a lighter note, what is your go-to snack between games?

CO: Chocolate covered almonds.

showering the bride

Planning a bridal shower can be a ton of work, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Today was my cousin’s bridal shower, and we created a very fall themed shower on a low budget. The leaves on the tables, silver cutlery, and pinecones (that were cinnamon scented!) were from Dollarama. The flowers, gold table runners, and vintage picture frame were from Michaels (and were also on sale!). I’m super happy with how it turned out, and I can’t wait for her wedding next month! I loved incorporating rustic vibes like the burlap banner and the lights at the guest table. Setting up a station where guests could write date night ideas on popsicle sticks was another nice touch (thank you Pinterest!). Lauren really enjoyed the shower, and the decor was everything she was hoping for. Here’s some photos from the day!

Toast

Blog Challenge: This post is the challenge for the week. I had to write a 275-word fictional story about someone waking up and all social media has vanished. Seven word maximum.

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Toast

I wake up on the couch. I sit up and stretch my arms. I make my way to the kitchen. Toast and banana is my breakfast choice.  I slide down the toaster button. I rub my eyes. It is only 7:02 a.m. I pick up my phone. Brunching is the name of my blog. I love to post about food. My banana toast is the feature today. Daily posts are very important. The blog pays my rent. I get 10,000 hits a day. I type the link and hit enter. The page does not load. It is unavailable. I go to open the Instagram app. It has been deleted. Snapchat, Twitter, and Pinterest too. What is going on? How will I post my breakfast choice? More importantly, how will I pay rent? The toast pops up. I pick up a knife. I slice the banana. I place each piece on the toast. It is incomplete without cinnamon. I sprinkle it on the two slices. I sit on the couch. I’m worried about my job. I can’t lose my blog. It’s something I’m passionate about. I have been writing it for years. I turn the television on. The newscaster says social media is gone forever. The camera shifts to a few interviews. Jerry says they’re upset about it. They use Twitter to follow sports. Sam is upset about Facebook. They use it to communicate with friends. I scoff at the people. None of this is relevant to me. I’m about to lose money. I turn off the television. I bite into the banana toast. The flavours dance on my tongue. I should have been a chef.

LAUREN&COREY

On Sunday, August 7, I had the opportunity to do an engagement photoshoot with my cousin Lauren and her fiancé Corey. They’re getting married on October 22, 2016, and have already had professional photos taken a few months ago, but she wanted a few more (and of course it’s great practice for me!).

Photography is something I’m incredibly passionate about, so naturally I was excited when she asked me to shoot some photos! These were shot in Frasers Grove Park in the evening around 7 p.m. The reason we chose this time is because the sunset is incredibly beautiful and adds the perfect lighting to pictures.

If you haven’t been to Frasers Grove Park, I highly suggest checking it out. It’s so nice to take a walk through because they have gorgeous houses, friendly people, and also amazing sunsets if you go at the right time. One of my favourite shots is the one with the beautiful tree in the background!

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