WOTM 45 Featuring Rose-Ann Lyons

WOTM 45 Featuring Rose-Ann Lyons

After losing my Peripheral Vision in a Boating Accident on July 1st, 2008, it has been a long journey. Nine years later, this is “NoW” What I am doing?” ~Rose-Ann Lyons

What am I Doing Now? How is my Life? It takes Courage!!

fullsizeoutput 216cI am learning to Curl! I have joined the Kelowna Curling Team for the Blind and I am being Coached by Dan Martel at the Kelowna Curling Rink. I am providing pictures of what my Coach has created in me with one month of coaching in February; then the season ended, and of coaching that started up on October 8th; the season beginning. I have a whole truckload of thank yous’ to my Coach. He has helped me and inspired me; resulting in me developing a “NeW” passion: Curling! I love to throw the Rocks! I love the ride!   fullsizeoutput 214e

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I have previously provided an Article as a Guest for Bold Blind Beauty.  With this subsequent Article, I am elaborating on What am I Doing “NoW”?

It began when I was approached at Christmas, 2016, and was asked to attend at the Kelowna Curling Rink to Curl with the Curling Team for the Blind. It was February 2017, and I had not yet attended at the Curling Rink. What was stopping me? What was I afraid of? I got upset with myself. I decided that I was going to the Curling Rink. It was the 1st Sunday in February 2017, my Guide Dog in Harness, my husband driving and I was heading to the Kelowna Curling Rink. I had been informed that the practice started at 10:00 a.m.on Sundays. It was 10:45 a.m.; Sunday morning, I’m late! but I was on my way.  

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Pushing Through Anxiety

I was tempted to ask my husband all along the way to turn around; take me home. Entering the parking lot, I was still thinking about turning around; take me home. “THeN” the truck stopped at the doors. I inhaled a deep breath! I got out! I “NoW” knew there was no turning back! I walked in and was approached and welcomed by such warm, kind, people. I relaxed! No more panic! The “fun,” the “joy,” the “excitement” began!! When I arrived, I was asked what I wanted to do. I have never curled before so I said I was there to learn to Curl with the Curling Team for the Blind. There was one month left before the Curling season was ending. I began learning to Curl! Coach Dan Martell gave me lessons and with his coaching skills and inspiration, I developed a new passion. “Curling!”

It was a huge step for me to take A N D I am now part of something that gives me great “joy.” New team! New friends! An outing in the winter months! I love the game! I am starting in a Ladies League; with one percent vision, in the second week of November; that being twice a week. I love it so much that I will Curl in the Ladies’ League and continue to Curl with the Team for the Blind. Love the game!! Love to Curl!!

Image Description:

The images in this post are a sequence of stills with Rose-Ann curling. She’s looking like a pro, on ice wearing a black and white outfit.

7 Comments

  1. Thank you Steph! “NoW” back in my Life, since the boating accident on July 1, 2008, I have joy! laughter! friends! excitement! FuN! I love my Life!!, again. It took nine years to get here; and I have now come full circle. I just may have another Story for you in the future!! I’ll keep you guessing what’s next. lol. Hugs! xoxo

  2. Thank you Steph!! I just saw My Story in your Magazine, Bold Blind Beauty. Thanks for caring and wanting to publish my story. Hugs!! xoxo

  3. Thank you! It’s Rose-Ann Lyons. Thanks for reading My Story!! Hugs!!

  4. I was thinking the same thing when I first saw her photos and the video. I’ve heard of curling and don’t understand the game but she looks good.

  5. I’ve never curled before, but it looks like she has great form. So glad she overcame her fears and learned a new sport and gained new friends.

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