Geoff Walker and Brett Gallant sweep a stone thrown by Brad Gushue

Geoff Walker

Biography

Geoff Walker has won three Brier titles as well as a world championship gold medal while playing lead for Team Gushue.

Moving from his native Alberta to Newfoundland and Labrador, Walker joined skip Brad Gushue for the 2011-12 season, initially as the second before shifting to lead. That season, he made the first of his 10 Brier appearances. The following year, Brett Gallant came aboard as the third before moving to second in 2014-15 when Mark Nichols re-joined Gushue.

After finishing as the runners-up at the 2016 Brier, Team Gushue won their first Brier title in 2017. They did so in front of the home fans in St. John’s as they became Newfoundland and Labrador’s first Brier champions since 1976. Throughout that Brier, Walker dealt with a shoulder injury that left him unable to sweep properly in the playoffs. With a lot of physiotherapy, he was almost fully healed for the 2017 World Championships, where the team went undefeated en route to the gold medal. All four team members were named to the all-star team.

After successfully defending their Brier title in 2018, Team Gushue won silver at the 2018 World Championships. They won their third national title in 2020 but did not get a chance to compete at the world championships as they were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a junior, Walker won the Canadian junior title for Alberta in 2006 with skip Charley Thomas and the team went on to win gold at the 2006 World Junior Championship. Though he was too old to compete at the 2007 Canadian Junior Championships, Walker joined Thomas’ team as their alternate at that year’s world junior championships, where they won another gold medal.

Walker was the silver medallist at the 2016 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship with his now-wife Laura as they lost to his Team Gushue teammate Gallant and his partner Jocelyn Peterman in the final.

A Little More About Geoff

Getting into the Sport: Started curling at age 11 and began playing competitively at age 15… Began in an after school league once a week that was run by his parents… Outside Interests: Earned a Diploma in Business Administration from Grande Prairie Regional College in 2006… Works on the grounds crew at a golf course in the off-season and would like to work in the golf turf industry… Huge fan of the Edmonton Oilers… Enjoys golf, camping, fishing… Odds and Ends: Wife Laura Walker skips her own curling team and won bronze at the 2021 Tournament of Hearts… Favourite quote: “Hard work beats talent if talent refuses to work hard”…

Notable International Results

World Men’s Curling Championships: 2020 – Cancelled (COVID-19); 2018 – SILVER; 2017 – GOLD

World Junior Curling Championships: 2007 – GOLD; 2006 – GOLD