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Meet one of few women in Canada to coach a men’s curling team (Canada)

Nicole WestlundSports psychologist Nicole Westlund wants to be coach of the year

A Thunder Bay native and 27-year-old doctoral student in sports psychology at Western University in London, Ontario, Westlund is one of few women in Canada to coach a men’s curling team.

Westlund works with curling teams at the provincial and national level. She is an instructor for various adult and youth curling leagues and has been an instructor at the Amethyst and Trillium curling camps since 2011.

After completing her undergraduate degree in psychology at Lakehead University, Westlund?s passion for curling led her to Western University to pursue her graduate studies in sports psychology, concentrating her research specifically on curling.

“My research focuses on imagery and visualization, helping the players figure out the different shot outcomes and what the result will be of each shot.”

For Westlund it isn’t just about the research, she uses her findings practically in her coaching to help be a great mental coach for her players.

She has taken on the role of coaching for her husband’s curling team in the Men’s Tankard competition.

“My role is to deal with any outside distractions that the team shouldn’t be worrying about so they can go out and play their best.”



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