ST. JOHN’S — Dustin Kidby has never shied divided from doing things first.
As a lead for Team Saskatchewan, he sets a tinge by throwing a initial rocks of any finish for his rink. And now, in his possess low-key way, he’s assisting carve out a trail to larger inclusion by vocalization publicly about being an plainly happy curler during this year’s Brier.
“I adore to curl. That’s what we do. That’s how we live my life,” Kidby says. “Being happy has zero to do with this.”
Playing in a Brier is a childhood dream over for Kidby. Growing adult in Regina, curling was always on a TV during home. His favourite actor was Wayne Middaugh, who skipped Ontario to a 1998 Brier pretension and played third on a Glenn Howard-led organisation that won in 2012 in Saskatoon.
Kidby’s decade-long pursuit of a mark in a Canadian championship competition was satisfied in Feb when a newly shaped organisation of guys prisoner their provincial title. Kidby hadn’t famous his teammates for really prolonged and wondered if his being happy would be an issue. The answer was a resounding no.
“Shaun Meachem [the team’s second] and we had a small heart-to-heart a few weeks ago on a outing to Minnesota,” says Kidby. “[Skip] Adam [Casey] and [third] Catlin [Schneider] are super cold about it. we feel accepted. They’ve all left out of their approach to let me know they don’t decider me and I’m their teammate.”
Casey, who’s creatively from Prince Edward Island, is Kidby’s roommate in St. John’s.
“I room with Deuce and there’s no disproportion from rooming with any other person,” a skip says. “I consider when we get to a indicate where this isn’t a story, it’s something that’s usually accepted, we’ll be in a good place.”
The support for Kidby extends distant over his organisation during this year’s Brier. A week before a event, Curling Canada’s executive of communications and media relations, Al Cameron, gave him a call to let Kidby know he had a full support of a inhabitant ruling body.
“I consider what’s engaging about this story is that it simply doesn’t lift an eyebrow in a curling community,” says Katherine Henderson, a CEO of Curling Canada.
“Dustin is one of 48 players personification for a bullion award during a Tim Hortons Brier, and nothing of his peers thinks of him as anything else though that. we consider that’s a magnitude of how welcoming and thorough a competition is.”
Kidby has copiousness of family entertaining him on too — on and off a ice.
Ben Hebert, a lead for fortifying champion Team Canada, is Kidby’s cousin. The dual have spent many days curling together in Regina (Hebert hails from there too), and you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan of Kidby’s.
“Super proud,” says Hebert, who plays on skip Kevin Koe’s Calgary-based rink. “I was so pumped when he got to this Brier. The family is here. It’s his initial Brier. He’s a good player.”
Hebert was one of a initial people to phone Kidby when he qualified. In fact, while Kidby and his organisation were jacket adult their provincial win, Hebert was off winning a Skins diversion in Banff, Alta., with his team.
“I FaceTimed him. We had usually won. He usually won. Couldn’t be happier for him,” Hebert says. “I wish he gets a few some-more wins, as prolonged as we kick them.
“Personally, we don’t caring if you’re happy or straight. For me, if you’re a good person, that’s what counts.”
Kidby’s youngest brother, Taylor, stands a small taller and smiles a small bigger when he talks about Dustin being in this year’s Brier. He’s examination each shot from a stands in St. John’s, embellished out in Saskatchewan garb.
“This is incredible. I’m intensely proud. we get dressed adult in my Sask gear. I’m a small obnoxious,” Taylor says.
“I wish to make certain he knows we support him.”
Their relatives are also here in a crowd, along with center hermit D.J., who as a second won a Canadian and universe youth titles in 2005.
The 3 brothers are close, and Taylor remembers really clearly a impulse when Dustin told him he was gay.
“I feel like it was relieving for him,” says Taylor. “I was usually happy he sat down and talked to me about it. It couldn’t have been a improved conversation.”
Taylor is a initial to acknowledge that, of a 3 brothers, Dustin is a favourite among friends and family.
“Everyone loves Deuce,” Taylor says. “He is accurately what he portrays. Kind-hearted. Loving. But an contestant and a really good competitor.”
A conflict of a cousins is on daub for Wednesday afternoon in St. John’s. Family and friends in a locus and opposite Canada will be examination closely as Dustin’s Saskatchewan organisation takes on Hebert’s Team Canada.
No matter how that competition turns out, a childhood dream has been satisfied for a child from Saskatchewan who usually wanted a possibility to play on his country’s biggest curling stage.
“I’m always usually going to go out there and do my best, and I’m always going to be gay,” Dustin says. “That’s not going to change.”