Eighteen months ago, when they decided to get engaged, Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant reached out to a wedding planner because they thought they might be too busy in the months leading up to their nuptials.Turns out, they had pretty good foresight. Slated to be married this June, Peterman and Gallant are a bit preoccupied right now as they are both preparing to compete in the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
Peterman is the second for the Jennifer Jones team out of Winnipeg, which will represent Canada in women’s curling, while Gallant is the second for Brad Gushue, the country’s rep in men’s curling.
“We hired a wedding planner and told her we needed her because we both planned to be really busy this winter and spring,” Peterman said. “We said we both planned to be at the Olympics. She kind of laughed after we won the trials. She said ‘You said you were both gonna be busy and you were right!’
“It’s a dream come true but we definitely planned for this to happen and it’s just such a relief that our plans worked out.”
Slated to be married this June, Peterman and Gallant are a bit preoccupied right now as they are both preparing to compete in the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. PHOTO BY MICHAEL BURNS /Curling Canada
Peterman and Gallant have what you might call a curling love story.Though Gallant is from Prince Edward Island and lives in Newfoundland, and Peterman is from Alberta but lives in Winnipeg, the pair found each other after teaming up to play mixed doubles curling in 2016. Not only did they fall in love, they also became one of the top mixed doubles teams in the country (ranked No. 1 in Canada in 2021).“I didn’t know her well at the time but I thought she’d be a talented teammate, to be honest,” Gallant said. “We started playing together and we got along really, really well. We both have the same passions for curling and she’s an amazing person so it kind of happened naturally.
“We hit it off when we first started playing together and a relationship followed not long after.”
Logistically, it has not been easy. When they are not curling, Peterman visits in St. John’s or Gallant visits in Winnipeg. Big chunks of the off-season are spent visiting families in P.E.I. and Alberta.
On the bright side, they both play on high-level teams and are still mixed doubles partners, so they are often curling in the same events like the Grand Slams and Olympic trials.“It’s kind of nomadic at times,” said Gallant. “The suitcase is always ready to go.“It has its challenges, but really our priority over the last four years was to get to the Olympics. It’s kind of gratifying to know the sacrifices and some of the challenges were worth their time and worth the effort to make this goal a reality.”