The World Men’s Curling Championships goes in Edmonton this year, and will get underway Saturday at Northlands Coliseum.
Brad Gushue will skip Team Canada, which includes Grande Prairie’s Tom Sallows and Beaverlodge’s Geoff Walker.
Sallows with be their alternate player, while Walker is the team’s lead. After spending time on a team with fellow Swan City product Carter Rycroft, Sallows calls it “pretty cool” that he and Walker will get to compete for a world title right down the road from the Peace Region.
“Being alongside Carter the last two years was pretty special, and me and Geoff have remained really good friends for all these years. It’s something we always dreamed about doing together,” he said.
As the alternate, Sallows says for him, it’s all about making things as normal as possible for the rest of the team.
“Keeping the guys loose and helping organize the whole week… it’s going to be pretty busy between media and fans, and stuff like that. I’m just trying to help ease their week in any way I can.”
When asked about handling his emotions and the wild hometown atmosphere, Sallows claimed there was nothing to be worried about.
“Coming off a Brier in Newfoundland, that was the craziest thing we’ve ever seen. The guys are really good at embracing the crowd and using it, and then letting the crowd also feed off of them. If we can just stay focused on enjoying it, and using that to our advantage, I think it’ll go a long ways,” Sallows explained.
The championships go April 1-9. Team Canada’s opening game is Saturday afternoon against Switzerland.