Curling runs in the blood for champ Dean Hewitt, who is the second generation in his family to take on the Olympic sport.
Curling, a seemingly understated sport, is not very common in Australia. It involves teams of four attempting to slide rocks or stones from one end of the ice rink to the other, where they should land as close to the target as possible. The sliding process is ably assisted by the sweepers, who use brooms to help guide the stones into place.
Dean, a qualified exercise physiologist, is currently training six days per week in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing,
“We only get to train once a week on the ice which is difficult for a national team, especially when we are playing against teams that train on the ice more than once a day. The rest of the time we train in the gym or practice our sweeping technique or spending numerous hours working on strategy and game analysis.”
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