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Between the Sheets: Creating Curling Champions Paperback – November 9, 2005

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Guy H. Scholz is the author of the best-selling book, Gold on Ice: The Story of the Sandra Schmirler Curling Team. Since 1999, he has been a columnist and feature writer for Sweep! magazine, curling’s most recognized publication, and has written for a variety of publications on topics ranging from sports to inspiration. He is currently at work on Discovering the Masterpiece Within, a book co-authored with Nashville-based singer/songwriter Claudia Church. Scholz is a six-time national clergy (Friar’s Briar) curling champion and has won 1,528 of the 2372 games he has played since he was twelve years old. A native of Saskatchewan, Scholz and his wife, Carla, co-pastor Chinook Chapel, a Congregational Christian church in Calgary, Alberta. They have two children, Anah and Reed. Cheryl L. Bernard is one of Canada’s top female curlers, considered by many competitors and experts as one of the top individual shot-makers in the game in the last fifteen years. Bernard is a two-time Scott Tournament of Hearts participant as a skip in 1992 and 1996, finishing second in all of Canada in 1996. She has six top ten finishes on the Canadian Women’s Curling Tour and was the 2004 Women’s Curling Tour champion. A businesswoman who started her own general insurance agency in 1990, Bernard grew the Calgary-based agency to more than five million dollars in sales before selling it in 2001. Currently, she is the competitive curling consultant for the Canadian Curling Association’s National Training Centre and is also an executive of the Canadian Women’s Curling Tour.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hillsboro Press (November 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577363582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577363583
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,064,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Guy's books and articles are really life-skills materials using curling as his primary metaphor."

- George Karrys, CEO of The Curling News and Olympic Silver medalist.

Yes, bestselling, award winning curling writer/reporter but much more than that (Amazon wants shameless plugs). With heroes like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bono, Gordie Howe and Sandra Schmirler (greatest female curler of all-time) I'd like to think I am a bit of a renaissance man.

Sports writing is fun and has a certain amount of inspiration to it, but I also write about creativity, spirituality and discovering one's masterpiece within.

It all started in Langenburg, Saskatchewan. Born in the middle of a typical Canadian winter I was carted off to curling rinks and hockey arenas all across the prairies. It was love at first sight and I couldn't wait to don some hockey equipment and throw my first curling rock. The Zen-like sport of curling got in my blood real quick. And the violent beauty of hockey captured my imagination. Driving down those icy roads also taught me to pray at a young age (the spirituality beginnings), and those endless miles caused me to dream big dreams.
Hey, if Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, could follow his dream of playing in the NHL, being from the metropolis of Floral, Saskatchewan, why not me???

So I am proud to be Canada's most published curling writer of the 21st century, but this writer has so much more to write about. I have been published in 15 magazines of various genres from international curling publications, to inspiration/spirituality and human interest. I just had my 30th cover story go to print. And, in 2009 I won the 'Scotty Harper' Canadian Curling Reporters award for 'Outstanding Story of the Year" presented to me at the Brier, curling's biggest media driven event next to the Olympics. (I wish someone else could type out the shameless plugs.)

My eclectic background is an outstanding spawning ground for a writer with a researcher's heart. Besides being an ordained minister and church planter for over a quarter of a century, I have a social work background, did some truck dispatching/chaplaincy, was a communications manager for an international humanitarian organization and managed a curling club.

Recently I have been working on a project called 'The Masterpiece Within' with co-author Claudia Church from Nashville. We have spoke in a number of venues about the material in both Canada and the U.S.A in schools, colleges, churches and businesses. We are on the verge of launching this book on Amazon/Kindle. I also have another project I spent all of 2012 on, in the works about an NHL Conn Symthe/Vezina trophy winner.

My writing is extremely story driven - focusing on the mental toughness aspects of life in general, how to deal with those inner demons, how to work the process of becoming a consistent competitive performer on the ice or our vocations,and how to re-kindle passion when life throw us obstacle after obstacle...

Kinda like being four down in the 8th end without hammer of a curling game versus an Olympic champion. As long as one has a pulse, you never know what life may bring if you keep working the process to the best of your ability.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dantheman on October 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I found this tough to read cover-to-cover so I read the first few chapters and now I've been skipping around.

There are some very useful tidbits here that I've discovered, but so far it either seems a bit beyond my level or too conceptual to be practical for improving my game.

I'm a fourth-year curler and I've participated in some club and regional competition, but at my level much of the team building advice is of limited use as I rarely curl with the same stable team.

I may have different teams for league nights and various spiels depending on format and need for travel.

That said, I will be trying to put some of these ideas into practice for the one team I'm skipping this year.

My wife is a Registered Dietitian, and she was rolling her eyes at some of the specific diet recommendations which seem unnecessarily extreme, (hope you like protein powder), which calls into question some of the other specific advice about stretching and exercise.

There are points where the advice is spot on, so the book isn't a complete waste of time, but in some sections the advice is not that helpful.

Instead of general tips like "hit the broom", "slide straight", etc. I guess I was hoping for something more.
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By Pia Biensch on February 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
Comprehensive and pithy. The lessons are made with pertinent stories throughout to help things make sense. Over 100 interviews of the best in the sport from nine countries. They have talked to a number of curlers in both Canada and the US who carry this book in their curling bag to refer to when in doubt or to remind themselves of those little things that make such a huge difference on the ice. I have heard through the grapevine that almost every Olympic team since 2006 and till 2014 on the women's and men's sides use the book for reference. The book was on the bestseller list for almost five years on Winter Sports and Sports Psychology.
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