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'Rory' of the rings: Volunteer director gives birth to boy

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SWADDLED in a Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings scarf, newborn Rory Wray Taylor was born to curl.

His mother, Tara Smith, co-director of volunteer events for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, said she could feel her contractions starting Saturday night while she was working at the volunteer appreciation party at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

Smith was reluctant to leave the volunteers and the event she helped organize, but made the decision to go home and put her feet up.

"Curlers like to have fun but they work hard," Smith said, even when they're nine months pregnant.

A day later, the 41-year-old checked in to Women's Hospital to give birth to her son.

Rory was born Monday at 4:32 p.m. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 2.7 ounces., much less than a curling rock.

Smith, who has been curling with the Deer Lodge Business Girls for 12 years, wishes she could say she named her son after the Roar of the Rings, but admits it was just a funny coincidence.

"We did name him (Rory), and he was born during the middle of the event," Smith said over the phone from the hospital. "So maybe it was done subconsciously," she joked.

Smith and her partner, Greg Taylor, chose the name because of its Irish roots and hadn't considered names like Curly or Tim, though she admitted Tim would have been fitting for the event sponsored by the iconic coffee and doughnut chain.

Smith said she is in good spirits and is excited to get home and back to the curling arena.

"I decided to skip it on Sunday so I haven't seen much curling, unfortunately," Smith said.

Baby Rory and Smith may make an appearance at the Roar of the Rings on Thursday or Friday depending on how she's feeling.

Rory is Smith's third child, but the first one with her partner Taylor.

danielle.dasilva@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 4, 2013 A10

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