Friday, September 30, 2011

Calendar Girl

Scottish curler Eve Muirhead is to be the face of the 2012 Women in Curling Calendar. The calendar has not had its official launch yet, but it's certainly getting talked about here in the birthplace of the sport. Well done to Eve for getting involved. It's all in aid of charity, in this case Shoot For A Cure Curling, the sport-focussed fundraising and awareness campaign of the Canadian and American Spinal Research Organizations (CSRO/ASRO). Shoot For A Cure, which is also supported by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), is committed to finding a cure for spinal paralysis. The campaign also strives to increase awareness of the Paralympic sport of Wheelchair Curling.

The 2011 Calendar featured only Canadian athletes.

Brad Askew took the photos of the twenty-one year old Scot on location at Blair Castle and at the Muirhead family home in Blair Atholl, and in the surrounding woods! Brad is a fantastic photographer and has his own website at Brad Askew Photography. Taking photos of Eve Muirhead is of course a very hard job, but, then again, someone has to do it.

I look forward to finding out Eve's story on how she got involved with the project. As soon as I know who else is featured, and how you can buy the calendar, Skip Cottage Curling will have the details. For one thing, it will solve all your Christmas present problems! Consider today's post just Chapter One of this 'celebrity curler' story, which is a great deal more interesting than the fact Eve got attacked by a wasp earlier this month.

It would seem that this pose might be the calendar cover pic. Isn't it splendid! And if you look closely there's some very nice old stones in the fireplace! Both photos are © Brad Askew, and are reproduced here with permission.