Dean Hewitt and Tahli Gill were both destined to end up in curling, introduced to the sport at a young age by their parents.
At the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship held in April in Stavanger, Norway, Team Hewitt and Gill achieved a significant breakthrough performance, placing fourth in a field of 48 nations, the best-ever world championship finish, in any discipline, for an Australian team
The team continued their strong form at the 2019 New Zealand Winter Games, taking home the silver medal in a strong international field, with another international medal also won in Saskatoon, Canada, with the team in second place at the Sutherland Mixed Doubles Curling Classic.
Unfortunately, the 2020 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships scheduled to take place in Kelowna, Canada, had to cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.
COVID again had a significant impact on the preparations for Hewitt and Gill in 2020-2021, with closed borders in Australia and difficulty traveling overseas restricting the opportunities to train and compete. The team eventually was able to head overseas for a training block ahead of the 2021 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland.
In Aberdeen, the team finished the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in 13th place overall, missing out on advancing to the playoff stage with a record of 3 wins and 6 losses. The highlight was no doubt the 3 point win over curling powerhouse, Canada, with Hewitt and Gill emerging victorious 8-5. Wins were also recorded against Hungary and Spain.
Hewitt and Gill till have one last chance to qualify for Beijing later this year at the Olympic Qualification event, with the top two teams securing a place in the Olympic field.
Q & A
Making the Semi-Finals of the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships.
I began my sport in ...
2000 when I was 5 years old.
When I am not training or competing I am:
Working as an Exercise Physiologist in workplace health or enjoying a little bit of travel alongside my overseas competitions.
I enjoy my sport because ...
It requires so much precision, power and strategy. The comradery and friendships you make with other players from around the world is so special and unique. The curling community is like one big family.
Favourite international competition:
World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships.
Ice-cream… (in moderation of course)
Pretty much anything from Rock, Pop or the Classics.
Favourite other sport to watch or play:
I used to play Cricket through my junior years and love to watch it as well as AFL.
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