Curler Ryan Giddens goes from beer league to the Brier (CBC PEI)

Amateur curler Ryan Giddens now has a story he’ll be telling for years — how he got to throw rocks at the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship.

“It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I’ll never trade that for anything else,” Giddens told Island Morning one day after his return from Ottawa.

ryan-giddensAmateur curler Ryan Giddens (right) with his wife Meaghan Hughes. (Facebook)

He had never curled in a competitive bonspiel before the Brier and he’s only been playing for three years.

But when his buddies from Adam Casey’s provincial championship team asked Giddens if he would come along as the fifth player, it was an offer that was hard to refuse, even as he had some initial hesitations.

“Why me? … Why not somebody else a little more skilled from P.E.I.?” Giddens said of his thoughts after getting the offer. “But it all went well.”

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