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Catalog Number 2014.37.7
Object Name Video
Title Don Duguid Interview
Scope & Content Don Duiguid:
00:20:03Childhood: his father was an ice maker and ran a 5 sheet curling club, he helped by cleaning and pebbling the ice while his father painted and flooded the ice; he got to throw rocks, started at age 6
00:57:18On pebbling the ice: the rock is concave and if you just throw it, it would stick; when the ice is pebbled the rock floats on top of the pebble and that's what make it down faster and curl more
01:25When started curling: curled in his first organized team at age eight, was a spare
01:55Biggest challenge: didn't train then as they do now, got his training on the ice, throwing rocks and getting better; went to the Granite Curling Club in Winnipeg which was the only club in Manitoba with artificial ice so you could curl from Sept to May, the rest of the clubs had natural ice that would melt come March or April so he had two extra months of curling
02:33Did that make a difference: it was huge, 5 to 9 sheets meant more vacant ice, more time to practice, more time to throw rocks
02:58On his titles and championships, is there one that stands out: the biggest thrill was winning the second World Championship; the team had not lost a game in two years; that still stands as a record in curling
03:18Most proud of in his career: that his children really like curling, they are competitive and successful, he really enjoys watching them curl
04:36On introducing miking curlers: curling audiences are big and when you hear someone talking about strategy, it make the viewer more aware of what was happening on the ice at all times and what the players were thinking
05:30On introducing the telestradda: he had producers who were willing to innovate, easier for the viewer to have someone on screen show where the rock was going to go
06:14On his induction into the World Curling Hall of Fame: a huge honour, went in with Ron Northcott who motivated him, motivated him to try harder, play better and practice more
06:46What would you share with youth: curling is a sport where you can curl from 14 to 74, you can play at any level and go national, international, Olympics; a great sport where you can start out young and get better and better every day; the more you practice, the more you play, the more competition you get, the better you are going to be and the chances you are going to win one of those competitions is greater
07:40Values: try to play as well as we could on any given day; tried hard, planned strategy, always had a great game plan, looked for weaknesses in the others and took advantage of that; our team played with a lot of passion, integrity and got respect from peers for their integrity; great thing about curling you shook hand at the beginning and at the end no matter what happened and that's the great thing about our sport
08:22Sportsmanship was a big part of it: absolutely, the most important thing
08:35Value as a person: everybody should be happy, sometimes can lose and get grumpy, get used to it after time, all curlers have great integrity, love to play, when a fluke happens never say anything about it, just carry on
09:21Message/lesion to youth today: curling is a team sport, there are four people involved and each is as important as the other, the skip binds the team together and they have to pull together as a team, always in the game, important to get along - camaraderie, sportsmanship and integrity as important parts of curling
10:03Would you do anything differently: won the Worlds in 1970 & 1971, had a good team (names the players), as good a team as you see today, regrets not going for three World titles in a row; got out at the right time; has taught curling all over the world, has been all over the world, starting to be a job so it was time to get out
11:01On his move to broadcasting: involved in curling schools at that time; CBC was going to be more involved and wanted an analyst, at the interview for the position when they put up a play because of his background in teaching and playing he could add a lot of things the average curler could not understand so he got the job and 29 years later he is still there
12:07What is the hardest part about teaching someone to curl: he likes people who have never curled before because they have no bad habits; he spent a lot of time to develop the teaching programme, added to the programme all the time and some of the points are still being used today; no technology that we have today when they were teaching
13:18How has technique changed from when you were teaching to today: big change is the toe slider (tuck delivery) vs the flat footed delivery, difficult to teach the tuck delivery; also the change in the swing motion, today there is no lifting of the rock, now the rock never leaves the ice surface, you just push
14:17Do you think today is the better way: it's a good way because once you are lined up in the hack and aiming at the shot you never change position; when you swing a rock, which weighs 42 pounds, it can pull your body off position, more so if you are smaller or younger
15:12Level of skill: more difficult with the swing delivery
15:15Was this the natural progression of the game: started to use the push delivery 10 or 15 years ago, before that it was all the swing; one of the greatest curlers in the world - Glen Howard, still uses the swing, when he comes down with it you can't even hear it hit the ice it's so smooth
16:00On technology change: one of the big changes is the brush, the first two teams to use the brush were from Alberta, when you look at the mechanics of the broom vs. the brush the broom come out on the ice and of every 20 strokes you hit the ice twice but the brush never leaves the front of the rock and the more pressure you put on the brush you create a lot of friction and it glides pretty good, so the brush is better
17:13The dry brush was introduced in 2010: it is easier to use, the hair brush is heavier, also more expensive and can leave hairs on the ice; this brush works perfectly
18:09What is the future for Canada: we are heading in the right direction, we have a great organization is Curl Canada, they do a lot for juniors and schools and do a great job of that; problem is that the European countries, Scotland, China, Russia, Japan, Korea now are paying their teams to curl where our curlers have families and jobs and it is hard to keep up; our curlers are getting older and need to help out the young ones coming up; Curl Canada helps only the top 5 teams; it's the other teams that need funding to train and compete to get experience and have to do that and do it soon
19:55What advice would you give to a young child who might want to get involved in curling: go to a curling club, join a programme who will teach them; then it is up to them to practice, get better, get a taste of competition, once you beat a good team you will want to curl everyday and that's the key for them
21:18What have you learned in your career that you put into life: aggression in curling and strategy applied in business, persistent, big thing is the friendships you build
22:28As a youth did you see something else in your life besides curling: always a big part of the family, Winnipeg was booming with 23 clubs and it was a big sport, as a child he watched his Dad and passed it on to his kids
23:23Explain a bonspiel: an event when clubs come to play, people love curling so much, love the friends they make, love the competition, anybody can play
24:35Warren Hanson was the event coordinator in Calgary and was the first one to book the Saddledome for curling for the Brier, he took curling to the centre court, this was a huge step for curling, Canada gets huge audiences, bring in big money
26:04Why is curling so popular in Canada: jokes about the weather, can play indoors, there are lots of characters like Matt Baldwin and Hec Gervais and Bob Pickering
27:21On the women's performance in Sochi: Jennifer Jones has set the bar so high, she is a powerful curler, she and her team are the best women's team ever; he has the utmost respect for Sandra Schmirler and others; Jones is disciplined as a skip

Year Range from 1965
Year Range to 2010
Subjects curling; Brier; World Championships
Search Terms hard work; knowledgeable; innovator; passion; integrity; planning; sportsmanship; team player; mentor