Friday, March 9, 2012
Dean Gemmell's team is headed to Switzerland later this month to compete for the title of best in the world.
Several years ago, Dean Gemmell returned to the sport he played as a child in Canada. It was mostly for fun and recreation, but he found he still had it and before long he was competing on the national level. And at the end of this month, he and his teammates on Team USA will head to Basel, Switzerland, where they will represent the United States at the 2012 World Men’s Championship games. “We’ve been close in the playoffs the last two years but haven’t been able to win,” Gemmell said. “None of us have ever represented the U.S. in a world event. That’s really exciting.” They will also compete in the trials for the 2014 Winter Olympics. To get the berth in the World games, Gemmell's team, called "Team McCormick" until they became Team USA, …
Friday, February 19, 2010
Short Hills resident Dean Gemmell tells you about the game. He's headed to the national curling championships in March.
Short Hills resident Dean Gemmell is headed to the U.S. National Curling Championships in March as part of Team Hames. He's also the host of The Curling Show and president of the Plainfield Curling Club. He gives you an overview of the game that he's been playing since he was a kid in Canada. The Plainfield Curling Club also will hold an open house on Feb. 28 from 2-6 p.m., and people can visit the club after 6:30 p.m. each night through the Olympics to learn more about the game.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The Short Hills resident will be heading to the national curling championships in March.
If you didn't know it was there, you might drive right by the Plainfield Curling Club without realizing it. Inside you'll find two sheets for curling. The sounds of brooms, rocks gliding on the ice and shouts of "hard" are frequent. This is Dean Gemmell's sanctuary. He makes the 30 minute trip south five times a week for matches and to serve as the club's president. It's a sport from his youth that's re-entered his life since moving to New Jersey, and now the Short Hills resident will be heading to his second straight U.S. Curling Nationals Championship in March. "(Curling) just gets in you," Gemmell said. "Once it gets in you, you can't get it out." When Gemmell and his wife moved to Short Hills from Michigan six years ago, they had two …