Emma Miskew Regroups After Riga Win. Next stop? Sochi!
Emma Miskew, BID/12, is now gunning for a spot in the Olympics. She was part of the team that represented Canada in the World Women’s Curling Championship in a March competition in Riga, Latvia. Her team won bronze and, at the same time, won the hearts of Canadians who watched regular news coverage of the event.
The win was huge, but ultimately for this team, it was merely a stepping stone.
“It was an amazing experience for us to go to the world championships, but it was toward the ultimate goal of qualifying for the Olympic championships,” Miskew says.
Her all-Ottawa curling group is one of eight Canadian teams that will compete at pretrials in Winnipeg, Man., this December in preparation for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Miskew has been curling for 19 years. She first took up the sport at the age of five on the encouragement of her father and began working with some of her current teammates at the age of 12 after playing with and against them in youth tournaments.
In the winter, Miskew spends most evenings training at the Ottawa Curling Club or the Rideau Curling Club in addition to 15 hours of cardio and strength training off the ice. It’s all part of an improvement plan.
Her team made its first appearance two years ago in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian precursor to the world championships, but lost. She attributed the loss to the team’s youth and inexperience.
“You observe what the other teams are doing, especially what they’re doing better,” she says. “Then it’s a matter of devoting the time to getting better.”
When she’s not curling, Miskew applies her industrial design skills in the Senate of Canada as a project planner, assisting with renovation design. It helps with the daily bills.
“You can’t live off the sponsorship money, as you’d have to split that among several people,” she explains. She will continue to work at the Senate during the summer and fall, then will make arrangement to take a leave from work to compete.