Team Gushue offers clinic for fire fighters


NEW GLASGOW – Local fire fighters got to meet Team Gushue and learn why its curling team members enjoy sharing their knowledge with fire fighters everywhere.

Team Gushue arranged with the Bluenose Curling Club and one of its sponsors, Belfor Property Restoration, to lead a curling clinic for fire fighters while in the area last week competing in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling.

Skip Brad Gushue explained that the partnership is ideal, considering how the company follows up on fire fighters’ efforts to save properties with its restoration work.

“It’s a great partnership to help first responders,” he said. “Belfor has a certain relationship with first responders, so when we go to certain locations it’s something we want to do.”

Roger Caddell was among fire fighters who took advantage of the clinic. He was among those who warmed up with exercises led by Team Gushue member Geoff Walker.

“It’s amazing, something that doesn’t happen every day, and they’re good guys, accommodating and friendly,” said Caddell, who has been a curler and a fire fighter for 43 years and volunteered at the Grand Slam. “It’s an experience just to come and see them.”

Caddell said watching curlers like Gushue’s team has been a special treat.

“Just how precise they are, how calm they are is amazing,” he said. “Everything we do, they do better. Their fitness and everything is so much better.”

Bluenose club member and Grand Slam volunteer Jane Marshall said she appreciates Team Gushue’s gesture.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “Brad called (Belfor) to set something up. We’re so happy to have them here with the first responders.”

Geoff Walker from Team Brad Gushue leads a warmup at the Bluenose Curlng Club. (Goodwin photo)