Down here in the Sunshine State for a little work on the other sport (that being golf) and you just can’t get away from the curling world. I’m attending the PGA Mechandise Show, which is a trade show with more than one million square feet of the newest clubs, balls, clothes and gadgets. It’s massive spot.
But I hadn’t gone 15 feet when I ran into two-time world champion John Kawaja, who is the executive vice-president of TaylorMade-adidas Golf. Essentially, Kawaja is the No. 2 guy in this company and right now, he’s running the adidas Golf side of things or all the clothing and shoes. Big job, but Kawaja’s a smart guy so no surprise. Home is now Carlsbad, Calif.
I’ve seen John a number of times over the years and one of the best things about catching him down here is that his life as a curler is unknown. You can go and tell his co-workers he is a curler of notoriety and their jaws drop.
Next up I saw Jane Hooper-Perroud, who won a world title with Marilyn Bodogh. Jane works for Callaway in Canada and looks as though she hasn’t aged a day from when she curled her way to a Scott and a world final. She does a tremendous job with that company which has done very well in the last few years.
Finally, I ran into Ian Tetley, the only one of the three still throwing rocks. Tet was holding court with some Asian businessmen when I passed him so I didn’t get a chance to chat.
Just can’t get away from curling, no matter where you are.