Allison Farrell
Age: 42
Birthplace: Saint John, New Brunswick
Resides: Ottawa, Ontario
Throws: Right
Profession: Human Resources, MD Financial Management
High School: Saint John High School
College/University: University of New Brunswick
Curling Highlights:
New Brunswick Provincial Women's Champion 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005
New Brunswick Provincial Women's Runner-up 1997, 2000
Ford Hot Shots Winner 1998
Canada Cup Semi-Finalist 2006

Junior Highlights:
New Brunswick Junior Women's Champion 1994, 1995

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Questions and Answers
Who\What introduced you to Curling?
My mother.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
Nothing superstitious, just a good stretching routine.

What is your career highlight to date?
My first time playing at the Scotties. On the first day of competition I won the Hot Shots event in the morning, then played our first game against Team Canada (Sandra Schmirler), who had just returned from winning the Olympic gold medal in Nagano. The event was in Regina, which was Team Canada's hometown, so the arena was electrified. And of course the game was televised on TSN. It was quite the introduction for me to playing women's curling at the national level!

What is one shot you would like to try again?
I don't think I can pick just one!

Who was influential in your curling development?
I've had some great coaches over the years, and one that sticks out for me is Charlie Sullivan Jr. He is the reason I throw with a backswing.

What is your favourite sport other then curling?
I enjoy playing golf, and I like watching tennis and football.

What is your most embarrassing moment on the curling ice?
Falling on the ice at the Scotties.

What is your earliest curling memory?
The first year that I started curling, I was 10 years old. I tried to stand up on my slider foot and fell face first on to the ice. I split my chin open and had to be taken to the hospital for stitches. Seeing as I still have the scar, it's not something I will ever forget.

What are your curling strengths?
Takeouts. I can get a lot of speed with my backswing. Also, teamwork. I get along well with most personalities.

What are your curling weaknesses?

Do others in your Family curl?
My mother still plays. She won the Canadian Masters in 2004. My brother plays recreationally.

What do you enjoy most about curling?
The friendships I've made and the good feeling you get after executing a shot.

What have you learned through curling?
You get out what you put in. You have to work hard if you expect to do well, but the rewards can be fantastic.

Other Olympic Sport you'd like to try?

What would you like others to know about curling?
It's harder than it looks, and it's 10x more fun.

Most memorable curling experience?
Playing in my first Scotties - described under curling highlights above. But another good memory was playing a fun game against Markku Uusipaavalniemi (Team Finland) during the 1999 World Championships. Their team had been eliminated and they agreed to come out for a fun game at Thistle St Andrews for drinks.

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