Members of the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts ladies' championship team are ready to rock when the World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling comes to Penticton in January.
The Team Canada foursome of skip Heather Nedohin, lead Laine Peters, second Jessica Mair and third Beth Iskiw entertained curling fans and signed autographs at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre on Wednesday to help promote the tournament.
The Continental Cup happens Jan. 10-13 at the South Okanagan Events Centre and pits North America's six best teams against the six best teams from the rest of the world in action resembling professional golf's Ryder Cup series.
Nedohin said crowds can expect to see some of the world's best curlers compete in team games, mixed doubles, singles, mixed skins and skins games.
"For myself and my team, we've never been in this type of event before," she said. "You see throughout the years the other teams and you obviously talk amongst the women and this is one of the top events that everybody talks about as players."
For fans, she likes the informal nature of the competition.
"There's the on-ice stuff, the actual men's and mixed and skins and singles," she said. "But then there's also the patch, where, I've heard a lot of people say they love this event because you really get an opportunity to come up, get an autograph, talk to the athletes."
At the conclusion of the Continental Cup, the team is off to Scotland to prepare for the nationals. Nedohin expects the teams will be at the top of their game because it's the time of year when they start to peak.
"Our fine tuning is over," she said. "It's time to make shots."
Nedohin was also at Cherry Lane playing a friendly game of "rocks and rings" with some youngsters from Wiltse Elementary School.
She loves having children introduced to the sport because it reminds her of meeting Olympic curling teams when she was growing up in Fort St. John.
"It gets your eyes open to the possibilities and I think that's exactly where it obviously all starts is at the grass roots level."