What a nice way to round things off before the Christmas break.
It was an honour and a privilege to be crowned the very first Canadian Open women’s curling champions at the weekend.
What made it extra-special was the quality of the field, with the 12 best teams in the world all competing in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
It was a tough final against a top team in Rachel Homan’s rink but I think we deserved the win.
Everybody played great – Vikki (Adams), Anna (Sloan), Sarah (Reid) and myself – and it was just one of those occasions when it all goes well for us on the ice.
It is a huge event and the victory has given us a brilliant boost coming towards the end of what has been a busy and enjoyable 2014 for the team.
I have a massive amount of respect for Rachel’s team and consider it a real achievement to get the better of them in their home country.
It is also always a bit special to play in Canada, considering the love they have for my sport over there.
The crowds are always good and the atmosphere helps to bring out the best in you as a player and skip.
And when they look back in years to come to see who were the previous winners of the Canadian Open our names will be first and that’s something nobody can take away from us.
Now we will all enjoy a little break over Christmas.
This time of year is special for everyone but I think it is especially so for us curlers.
You spend so much of your time abroad competing and even when you are back in Scotland you are spending so long on the ice that you don’t really get to see your family too often.
That is why I am looking forward to some quality time over the next couple of weeks or so.
After that, we are straight into the Continental Cup in Calgary, which is like our version of the Ryder Cup.
I will be competing for Team Europe against Team Canada from January 8 to 11.
That is a really exciting prospect but before then we have the festive period to relish and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
It was interesting to see Lewis Hamilton named as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year at the Hydro in Glasgow at the weekend.
I have heard it was a great night and I was sorry to miss it. We were a wee bit busy in Canada at the time!
Anyway, Lewis was a worthy winner and a great world champion even though a lot of people were disappointed and maybe even surprised that Rory McIlroy didn’t get the honour.
Rory has had a wonderful year but so has Lewis.
Formula One is a sport that has a huge following in the UK and it lookes like the fans rallied behind their man in the public vote.