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Corner Brook curling enthusiast excited for chance to watch Brier in St. John’s

Bern Keating will step off the ice and into the stands to watch curling action from the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s this March.
Bern Keating will step off the ice and into the stands to watch curling action from the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s this March.

When you’re watching you never make a mistake and you never have to sweep.

That familiar phrase around the curling community is what Bern Keating repeated when asked about an upcoming adventure.

The Corner Brook native loves to play the game and shares that passion with his wife Diane.

They love to be on the ice, but watching people throw stones, especially at the elite level, is also something the Keatings are very keen on doing so they are destined to drive across the province to watch Brad Gushue weave his magic.

Somebody asked Bern a while back if he was going to Florida for a vacation this year. He quickly told the enquiring mind that he wasn’t going south because he had purchased a tournament package for the 2017 Tim Horton Brier March 4-12 at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s.

He’s a retired school teacher who just happens to spend a lot of his free time volunteering for the sport so when he realized the Brier was going to be accessible this year he jumped at the chance to spend a week in the capital city watching some of the greats in the game.

He has watched a couple of Briers and an Olympic trial event in Halifax in the past and he really had a blast so he wanted to do it again.

While he admits the curling is impressive with so many great skips in the mix, it’s the social side of things that really makes it exciting for Keating.

He loves the fact there are bands playing all day long and there’s never a shortage of food. The curlers take time out of their busy day to sign autographs for the fans or do question and answer sessions.

“I like that you get to know the people you are in the stands watching,” Keating said.

He’s happy Brad Gushue qualified for the Brier and hopes he gives a good account of himself, but this journey is all about soaking up the experience and seeing how the organizers are able to work together to put off a great experience for everybody involved.

He has no worries about missing a shot or being stressed over a tight game.

It’s all about spending quality time with the wife in a setting they’ve grown to love since the first time they threw a stone.

That familiar phrase around the curling community is what Bern Keating repeated when asked about an upcoming adventure.

The Corner Brook native loves to play the game and shares that passion with his wife Diane.

They love to be on the ice, but watching people throw stones, especially at the elite level, is also something the Keatings are very keen on doing so they are destined to drive across the province to watch Brad Gushue weave his magic.

Somebody asked Bern a while back if he was going to Florida for a vacation this year. He quickly told the enquiring mind that he wasn’t going south because he had purchased a tournament package for the 2017 Tim Horton Brier March 4-12 at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s.

He’s a retired school teacher who just happens to spend a lot of his free time volunteering for the sport so when he realized the Brier was going to be accessible this year he jumped at the chance to spend a week in the capital city watching some of the greats in the game.

He has watched a couple of Briers and an Olympic trial event in Halifax in the past and he really had a blast so he wanted to do it again.

While he admits the curling is impressive with so many great skips in the mix, it’s the social side of things that really makes it exciting for Keating.

He loves the fact there are bands playing all day long and there’s never a shortage of food. The curlers take time out of their busy day to sign autographs for the fans or do question and answer sessions.

“I like that you get to know the people you are in the stands watching,” Keating said.

He’s happy Brad Gushue qualified for the Brier and hopes he gives a good account of himself, but this journey is all about soaking up the experience and seeing how the organizers are able to work together to put off a great experience for everybody involved.

He has no worries about missing a shot or being stressed over a tight game.

It’s all about spending quality time with the wife in a setting they’ve grown to love since the first time they threw a stone.

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