The Women of Curling are back, and a North Okanagan Paralympic champion is among them.
Two-time Paralympic wheelchair curling champion Sonja Gaudet of Vernon is one of 12 female curling athletes featured in the 2012 Women of Curling Calendar, which is now on sale online at: womenofcurlingcalendar.com
The glossy wall calendar, which begins shipping in November, features three photographs of each athlete model and also includes monthly curling event listings, colour-coded by gender and competition, making this a true curling calendar for the sport.
Each athlete model designed her own image, found her own volunteer photographer, and is raising money for the Shoot For A Cure campaign of the Canadian and American Spinal Research Organizations, which aim to find the ultimate cure for spinal paralysis.
The cause is, to no surprise, close to Gaudet’s heart.
“I was really surprised to get the phone call,” said Gaudet, a 2006 and 2010 Paralympic gold medal winner.
“When I heard the details, such as self-control of all images and the CSRO charity, I knew I wanted to participate.”
Project lead Ryan Durham also uses a wheelchair, following a 1990 swimming accident which left him quadrapalegic.
“It’s amazing to have Sonja in this year’s calendar,” said Durham.
“All the athlete models have been so dedicated to the cause, and they seem to really enjoy developing their theme and getting their shots done.
“We just hope we can make them proud, and sell a lot of product.”
Cover girl Eve Muirhead hails from Scotland, and is a four-time world champion and Olympian.
Swedish competitor Cissi Ostlund is a member of Sweden’s defending world champion women’s team, skipped by two-time Olympic champion Anette Norberg.
Other international stars are Russia’s Ekaterina Galkina and San Francisco’s Regan Mizuno, who represents the U.S.
Gaudet’s seven other Canadian colleagues comprise a variety of provincial, national and world champions such as Winnipeg’s Kaitlyn Lawes of Team Jennifer Jones; skip Heather Smith-Dacey of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Ottawa’s Emma Miskew, who competes with the youthful superstar Rachel Homan foursome.
The calendar costs $29.95, including shipping and handling.