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Scott Bowers

After 8 years in the curling business, Scott is our resident equipment guru. From complex equipment challenges to the latest product innovations, Scott can be counted on to provide expert, tailored advice. According to Scott, once you have committed to curling, the most important equipment investment you can make is to buy a shoe with a slider at least 5/32" thick. A thicker slider improves your game by allowing you to slide with less effort and better balance. Scott's love of the game, his admiration for the position Canadian curlers have earned in the world of sport, and his eagerness to learn translates into top-notch service for all customers of The Curling Store.

Gary Worth

With 40 years of experience as a coach, player and instructor, Gary can be considered our resident curling guru. Not only does Gary love the rush of making a shot, the exhilaration of the physical demands of the game and the warm social atmosphere, what he admires most about curling is the strong spirit of fair play and the focus on fun.

Working at The Curling Store, Gary appreciates the opportunity to learn about innovations manufacturers are developing to improve the game for players and getting to test drive new products. In other words, Gary walks the talk - if he recommends a product, it's based on first-hand knowledge and experience. According to Gary, the most important skill in learning to curl is patience: "It's not Nature’s intention to have people sliding rocks on ice while attempting to control the result. The game looks easy and can be enjoyed at any level of play, but it takes many, many hours on the ice to achieve consistent success."

Michelle Rippin

Growing up curling means Michelle knows what it's like to play the sport from a kid to adult perspective and can offer great advice on equipment for every stage of play. Like most curlers, Michelle loves the community aspect of the game - you can be guaranteed to have your three team members cheering you on when you make a great shot but generally you can even count on appreciation from your opponents.

One tip Michelle always passes on to new players is to remember to stretch well at the end of your game. While curling is a lot of fun, it may look less physical than it actually is and if proper care isn't taken, it may take more than just a relaxing beverage in the lounge to deal with stiff muscles.

Nathan Toner

As the newest addition to The Curling Store team, Nathan brings 4 years of playing experience to the store. Nathan became interested in the sport after watching his partner, now wife, curling on Tuesday nights at The Lakeshore Curling Club. Nathan jumped in with both feet playing 3-4 times per week for the past three seasons. Nathan is now a passionate player and fan and loves everything about the sport; the strategy, the fitness, the sportsmanship, and most importantly the social aspects. Nathan's work experience and his passion for the game make him an valuable addition to The Curling Store team.