It was approximately 10 years ago that Thunder Bay hosted the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship. So, when asked if I could cover the event I jumped at the chance because who knows when the next time it will make it's way to Thunder Bay again.
I have been doing more and more events over the past few years. Whether it's a Pow-wow, a baseball tournament, or in this case a curling event, it's always a challenge, but one I very much look forward to. This was actually my first time photographing a curling event so I was super excited to do so. The great thing about curling is that it is a bit slower paced so it's not as difficult capturing this decisive moments. With that being said, you still have to know the sport to anticipate moments. Luckily for me, I have followed curling all my life, so I understand the game.
The week started at the Prince Arthur Hotel where are the teams were staying. To get the even underway they had a flag raising with some of the Thunder Bay Firefighters. We then did a huge group photo of all the teams and everyone else involved. Once we were done there, the opening ceremonies took place at the host venue, The Port Arthur Curling Club. After the The Macgillivray Pipe Band of Thunder Bay finished playing, the teams entered and the event officially started.
Throughout the week, I came and went and captured some of the action and processions. It was a very laid back atmosphere but so much fun. All the teams were so friendly and I even got the chance to catch some of the games. It was some really high competition as you would expect.
In the end, Team Saskatchewan beat Team Alberta in the final, and it came down to the last rock in the final end. Once the game was over, all the teams made their way out again to take part in the closing ceremonies. The medals were given out and we finished off with the team photos of the gold, silver and bronze medal teams. It was such a fantastic week of curling and I am so happy I was able to be a part of it! I can't wait until the next even rolls through town.