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Laurier alumnus named Olympic team leader for Canadian curlers in Russia
The 2012 Olympic Games in London may have just come to a close, but Laurier alumnus Paul Webster is already thinking about the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia where he’ll be Olympic team leader for Canada’s curling contingent.
Webster, who graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, was recently named to the team leader post for the men’s and women’s curling teams. He went to the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games as an assistant coach and team manager.
“I’m beyond excited and honoured to take on this role,” says Webster, who lives in Calgary where he is a national coach with the Canadian Curling Association. “It’s more responsibility and I look forward to what I can do to help make sure everything is organized on the ground for athletes and their families and friends.”
Webster is currently working to organize accommodation for Canada’s curling teams, as well as their friends and family members. He says one of the biggest concerns athletes have is ensuring their fans are taken care of.
In preparation for the 2014 Winter Games, Webster will travel to Sochi in March, 2013 for the world junior curling championships, which will be held at the same venue being used for the 2014 Winter Games. He says many of the same volunteers will also be at the upcoming Olympics.
“I’ll be making connections that I can carry forward to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games,” he says.
As a student at Laurier, Webster curled for the university and won two provincial championships in 1995 and 1997. After graduation, he earned his B.Ed. and taught at a high school in Peterborough, Ontario for a few years before moving to Calgary to pursue coaching full-time.
“It’s pretty cool working with athletes at the top of their game or trying to get there,” he says. “You’re working with people who are doing exactly what they should be –and making sacrifices to get to the top.”