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Norm Balderston

Saskatchewan has long been a "hotbed" for curling, producing national and world champion athletes and highly respected officials and administrators. Among the many names synonymous with curling in Saskatchewan is Norm Balderston.

Norm's relationship with the "roaring game" began like most others, as a curler at the local rink. The City of Moose Jaw would benefit for 40 years from Balderston's interest in the sport. He served continuously as a member and President of the Board of Directors of the Moose Jaw Curling Club for numerous years. Norm served for seven years as President of the Hillcrest Sports Centre, a facility he was instrumental in constructing. In 1979, he was named to the committee for the World Junior Curling Championships in Moose Jaw and was again on the committee for the World Ladies Curling Championships, which were held in Moose Jaw in 1983. Moose Jaw thanked Norm for his commitment to sport in the community by naming him their 1969 "Citizen of the Year."

Provincially, Balderston was a district umpire for the Saskatchewan Curling Association from 1958 to 1966 and was a member of the association's Board of Directors for the same time period. In 1966, Norm Balderston inherited the job of Secretary Manager of the Saskatchewan Curling Association from "Scotty" Richardson. He would hold this position until 1973, and then became Executive Director until 1980. Balderston recommended many innovative changes during his tenure. He changed the club affiliation fee from individual curler to ice sheet per club. This system proved very successful and many provincial associations and the Canadian Curling Association adopted it. He also inaugurated a change in the northern and southern playdowns to make the provincial playdown an eight team event.

Norm was a member of the National Council of Provincial Curling Association Secretaries, which he helped form in 1969 and served as Chair in 1974 and 1975.

In appreciation for his many years of service, Norm was named an Honorary Life Member of the Saskatchewan Curling Association in 1979 and was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as a Builder in 1988. The "Norm Balderston Team Sportsmanship Award" has been awarded annually at the provincial playdowns since 1980.

Norm Balderston received the coveted "Scotty" Richardson Memorial Award in 1978, presented annually by the Saskatchewan Curling Association to an individual who has contributed their time, talents and efforts toward the growth and development of curling.

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1954 Bayne Secord Rink

Bayne Secord, whose Richlea rink had lost to Saskatoon Tech in the 1953 northern finals, joined Don Snyder, Stan Austman and Don Brownell as the Tech representatives in the 1954 playoff hunt. Their coach was Ken Moir. Tech edged Bedford Road, 8-7, in the northern final and then defeated Regina Balfour Tech, 13-6 and 19-7, to win two straight in the best-of-three provincial final.

The Canadian championships were held in Hamilton where the Tech rink won eight and lost one in the round-robin tournament. Their only loss came at the hands of Northern Ontario.

The championship came down to a sudden-death playoff between Saskatchewan and Manitoba, each with 8 and 1 records. Tech counted three on the first and three on the third to take early control of the game. When they finished the ninth, Tech was up, 9-7. Tech played a shaky 10th frame but then Gene Walker, the Manitoba skip, missed his last rock when he was looking for a chance for three. That left Saskatchewan with a single and a 10-7 victory.

When Secord received the Sifton trophy from Clifford Sifton, it put the cap on a season where they won 19 games and lost only two from the northern playoffs through the Canadian finals. They became the third rink from Tech ever to win the Canadian championship.

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1955 Bayne Secord Rink

Canadian schoolboy curling champions from Saskatoon Tech, Bayne Secord, Don Snyder, Stan Austman and Don Brownell.

Bayne Secord returned as skip, Stan Austman moved to third, Merv Mann and Gary Stevenson became the new players as Ken Moir developed his 1955 team from Tech. They won the city championship, then beat Bedford Road 5-4 for its sixth straight northern title, and then defeated Grand Coulee, 12-7, in the third game of a best-of-three provincial final.

The team advanced to the Canadian championships in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and was welcomed in a parade of curlers to the Sydney Arena.

Tech set an undefeated pace most of the week, losing only to Alberta in an extra ender on the second last draw, and they went into the last round, tied with Prince Edward Island for the lead.

In the final, Tech cracked a five-ender on the second end, added deuces on the fourth and sixth, counted three more on the eighth and breezed to a 12-5 victory. During the playoff process from the northerns through the Canadians, they won 18 games and lost three.

And in winning their second straight Canadian title, and Tech's fourth Canadian title, the school curlers drew recognition from Star Phoenix cartoonist Ed Sebestyen, a Tech alumni.

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Clarence Bligh

Clarence Bligh, the founding chairman of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, had a wide and varied career in amateur sport.

As an active participant, he earned a number of provincial boxing and wrestling junior heavyweight championships. In Saskatchewan's jubilee year - 1955 - he is credited with being one of the major forces in attracting the amateur finals in boxing, wrestling and track and field to the province.

During his career with the Regina City Police, he was active in the promotion of Little League baseball in Regina and was also President of the Police Curling and Sports Association.

His contribution to amateur sport earned him the position of President of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada (Saskatchewan branch) from 1951 to 1955. He was President of the A.A.U. of Canada in 1960.

Clarence Bligh was also involved with the promotion and development of lawn bowling in Regina and the province. In 1949 and again in 1954 he held the office of President of the Saskatchewan Lawn Bowling Association.

In 1972 he was elected President of the Canadian Lawn Bowling Council and was general chairman of the 1973 lawn bowling national championships which were staged in Regina.

In time of Installation citation read March 27,1976.

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1970 Dorenda Schoenhals Curling Rink

CANADIAN LADIES CURLING CHAMPIONS

Joan Anderson (lead), Lind (Burnham) Seaman (second), Cheryl (Stirton) Zipper (third), Dorenda (Stirton) Schoenhals (skip).

This amazing Canadian championship team went through the 1970 season with twenty-three wins and only three losses. The Schoenhals rink curled out of the Nutana Curling Club. They were the youngest team to play in the Canadian Championships, and perhaps the youngest ever to have won the title. The four girls were aged 19, 20, 21, and 22. Dorenda and her team had won the Western Canadian University championship five successive years. Like most Saskatchewan teams, the most difficult part of the Canadian Championships was to win at home. At the Northern playdowns they defeated former Canadian Champion Joyce McKee gaining the opportunity to play in the provincial finals. At the National Championship, their record in the Round Robin was eight wins and two losses. They played off in the morning against Manitoba with a 6-4 victory and won the championship in the afternoon by defeating British Columbia 7-4. During the competition Joan and Linda placed 80% of their rocks exactly where they wanted and won All-Star Awards for their feat. During the year these young women athletes were the first curlers ever to use warm-ups prior to the games. Their stretching exercises and warm-up exercises were such a novelty at the Canadian Championships that people thronged around them to see what this new innovation was all about. One other small notation might be made of the fact that Dorenda's team really consisted, not only of four players, but four players and one small addition. Dorenda was six months pregnant while participating in these Canadian Championships. This team was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

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William Dunbar

Born in Kinmount, Ontario in 1895, Bill Dunbar was best known for his curling exploits.

The 1940 fact book for the MacDonald Brier, in which Bill skipped the Saskatchewan rink to a second place finish behind the Howard Wood rink of Manitoba, gave Bill a 'first' in the 13-year history of the brier. He is the first of the nearly 400 curlers who have participated in any of the MacDonald's brier tankard playdowns in the past to have learned his curling in the United States.

Bill was on the Saskatchewan football club in 1921, winning the championship of that year, and while at the University of Saskatchewan won the Saskatchewan high jump, shot put, broad jump, running broad jump, hundred-yard dash and the discuss.

Bill's baseball career spanned over 10 years during the 1920's and 1930's when he played with the Western Canada professional league which was made up of teams from his hometown of Kinley as well as Asquith, Rosetown, Delisle and Neilberg. He was also a prominent member of the Saskatoon rugby team which defeated the Regina Roughriders in the 1923 provincial championship.

Bill's curling exploits continued throughout the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's where he won many bonspiels.

At time of installation citation read March 27, 1976.

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Eldon Elliott

Eldon Elliott, born in 1924, began his radio career at CJNB, North Battleford in 1952 as the station's first Sports Director. For over 30 years his voice has been synonymous with amateur sport in northern Saskatchewan.

His extreme interest in youth and sport began early in life, when he actively coached and promoted minor hockey and baseball teams.

Eldon organized the first Northwest Saskatchewan High School Bonspiel, and was instrumental in administering the Canadian School Boys Curling Championship in 1967 in his hometown.

Changing sports, Elliott was responsible for hosting the Canadian Junior Baseball Championships during Homecoming Year. Serving on executives for hockey, baseball and curling, brought him the Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year Award in 1967, and a Citizen of the Year honour in 1972. His work has been recognized by numerous clubs and leagues also.

It has been stated that Eldon Elliott is a sportscaster who gets things done. He is a planner - a great catalyst for improving sports and life in general in his community.

Eldon Elliott has given his time, his energies, his money, and his love to young athletes in return for pride in his community of North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 22nd, 1985.

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1974 Emily Farnham Curling Rink

A Saskatoon Nutana Club rink comprised of Emily Farnham, Linda Saunders, Pat McBeath and Donna Collins was overwhelming at the Canadian women's curling championships in 1974, going through the tournament with an undefeated record. It is the last rink from northern Saskatchewan to win the national crown and the last rink to go through undefeated.

Farnham and Collins had been teammates for seven years, Saunders and McBeath joined the rink at the start of the 1973-74 season.

It was a season in which the Farnham rink played 120 games and lost only two - one a practice game against a men's team and the other in the A side of the northern playoffs.

They rebounded from the one playoff loss to win the northern championship and then beat Pat Buglass of Saskatoon in the final of a four-rink provincial championship.

They headed to Victoria, knowing the pressure was on because Saskatchewan had won the five consecutive national titles.

They won the first seven in a row and going into the last day, only Prince Edward Island at 6-1 was a serious contender.

In the first draw of the final day, Saskatchewan beat British Columbia, 11-3, grabbing an early 3-0 lead and then scoring three on the seventh to virtually clinch the game. Prince Edward Island's hopes were dashed by a loss to Ontario.

The Farnham rink finished of f the tournament with a 10-7 victory over Ontario, a game which was marked by a brilliant double kill by Farnham through a narrow port on the seventh end. The shot gave Saskatchewan a 7-5 lead and when Saskatchewan scored three more on the eighth, they were home free.

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Date: March 1974.

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1989 Emily Farnham Curling Rink

1989 Emily Farnham Curling Rink

The lineup of the Canadian championship team started to fall into place when Emily Farnham and Emily Heidt were teammates on a 1988 Saskatoon rink which won the province and posted a 5 and 5 record at the national tournament at Peterborough, Ont.

For the 1989 season, Mary Todarchuk and Arlie Ellsworth joined Farnham and Heidt.

The Saskatoon rink won the Saskatchewan championship, beating Marg Hoff of Weyburn at the finals in Carnduff.

They travelled to Kenora, Ontario, for the Canadian finals and stayed close with the leaders. One of the oddities was that each of their three defeats came in extra end games, one against Quebec, one against British Columbia and one against Ontario.

When the Farnham rink won its last two games to finish with a 7 and 3 record, they qualified for a tiebreaker playoff in which they beat British Columbia, 6-4.

In the semifinals, Farnham drew to the button for an 8-7 victory over New Brunswick.

And in the final game, Saskatchewan faced Alberta, stole two on the third end to take a 3-0 lead, stole single again on the seventh and eighth and won the match, 6-2, in nine ends. Saskatchewan's ability to hit made it difficult for Alberta to get back in the game.

Farnham was voted the all-star skip by the competitors in the tournament.

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Date: 1989

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Emily Farnham

Emily Farnham

Emily got her name into the record book when she became the first woman to win a Canadian Senior Women's curling championship (1989) after winning the Canadian Ladies Crown (1974). Not only did Emily play the game but she also helped out with several administrative duties. She has been a member of the Nutana Curling club for 27 years, serving as president of the Ladies section in 1972-73, a member of the Board of Directors from 1971 to 1981 and the first woman president of the Nutana club in 1978-79. She has also been involved at the provincial and national levels.

Emily was chairperson of the publicity committee of the Seagram Mixed Curling champion ship when Saskatoon hosted the event in 1978. She held the same position of the Labatt Lite Classic from 1985 to 1989. In 1982 Emily was awarded the Sask Sport recognition award as an administrator in Ladies Curling. Two years later the Canadian Ladies Curling Association presented her with the Appreciation Award for Dedication and Outstanding Service to Ladies Curling.

Emily was named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Date: 1989

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Rick Folk

Rick Folk, like any typical youngster played many sports. However he excelled in two of them, golf and curling. On the international scene Rick and his rink made their mark winning the world curling championships in 1980. In high school Folk won the Saskatchewan title and placed second at the Canadian championships.

In university Folk shipped his rink to the western Canadian championship in 1970. The following year he won the Saskatchewan Junior crown. Rick also has five Saskatchewan Mixed titles to his credit and twice brought the Canadian championship back to the Wheat Province.

His rinks have won three Saskatchewan Men's championships in 1978, 1979, and 1980. Playing skip behind third Ron Mills, second Tom Wilson and lead Jim Wilson, Rick took the Canadian crown in 1980 with a 10-6 win over Northern Ontario. At the world championships, Folk's rink went undefeated to capture the Silver Broom.

His Silver Broom foursome was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in September 1980. Rick was selected to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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1982 Harvey Mazinke Curling Team

Left to right: Harvey Mazinke (skip), Bill Martin (third), Dan Klippenstein (lead), George Achtymichuk (second).

Well known in the sport of curling since 1968 Harvey Mazinke and his team of Bill Martin (third), George Achtymichuk (second) and Dan Klippenstein (lead) epitomize the dual qualities of outstanding ability and fine sportsmanship.

Representing the Regina Club, in 1973 they won the Saskatchewan Championship and headed to the Brier in Edmonton. There the team suffered only one loss at the hands of Prince Edward Island while winning the Canadian Curling Championship.

That year the Air Canada Silver Broom was held in Regina and the Mazinke team found itself competing in front of a home town crowd.

At the end of the week's competition the team had a perfect 10-0 record and was matched in the final against Kjell Oscarius of Sweden. A tense, close game inevitably came down to the final shot. On a heavy ice surface the last Canadian stone failed to reach the rings, and Sweden took the title.

On that day, the Harvey Mazinke team was but one shot away from becoming world champions. Over a period of 12 years curling together, the team earned the reputation of being one of the great Saskatchewan Curling teams, both for their performance on the ice, and their contribution as ambassadors of game.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 5, 1982.

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Jim Hill

In the winter Jim Hill curled. He won the Provincial Title twice and represented Saskatchewan in the Senior Curling Championships in 1970 and 1974.

In the summer, he was a trapshooter. In 1951, 1952 and 1953 he won the Provincial Trapshooting Doubles.

His biggest moment as a competitive athlete came in the Midwestern Doubles Championship in Winnipeg in 1952. Hill hit 94 out of 100 and 18 out of 20 in the shoot-off to defeat the top American competitor. The same year, he was chosen to the Sports Afield All Canadian Team.

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1960 Joyce McKee Curling Rink

CANADIAN LADIES CURLING CHAMPIONS

Joyce McKee (skip) Sylvia Fedoruk (third) Donna (Belding) Paton (second) Muriel Coben (lead).

Curling out of the Hub City Curling Club, the 1960 McKee rink captured their fifth city championship in seven years, advancing to the Northern play downs. At the Northern playdowns, the McKee rink went undefeated in seven games, and then won the Provincials in straight games in their best of three series with the Southern representative. With this victory the rink earned the right to represent Saskatchewan at the Western Canada championships in Victoria.

At the "Westerns", Saskatchewan met Alberta in the final with equal standings of 4-1 and defeated the Alberta rink in an exciting 14-11 showdown, finishing the tournament with five wins, one loss. The West vs. East Canadian final was held in Oshawa with the McKee Rink defeating the Eastern champions, Quebec, in two straight games, 11-3 and 8-5, to win the Canadian championship. They were inducted in 1987.

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1961 Joyce McKee Curling Rink

CANADIAN LADIES CURLING CHAMPIONS

Sylvia Fedoruk (third), Joyce McKee (skip), Rosa McFee (lead), Barbara MacNevin (second).

Curling out of the Hub City Curling club, the 1961 McKee Rink successfully defended their Saskatoon City, and Northern Provincial titles, advancing to the Provincial final in North Battleford. In the best of three games in the final the McKee foursome lost their initial game to the Southern representative, then won two straight 11-7, 11-4, to retain the Provincial title for a second consecutive year.

With this victory the McKee Rink earned the right to represent Saskatchewan at the 1st Dominion Diamond "D" classic, the official Ladies Curling Championship, at the Ottawa Hunt Golf and Curling Rink. The McKee foursome swept through the competition with a perfect 9-0 record, defeating each of the other Provincial representatives. They were inducted in 1987.

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1969 Joyce McKee Curling Rink

CANADIAN LADIES CURLING CHAMPIONS

Lee Morrison (second), Jennifer Falk (lead), Vera Pezer (third), Joyce McKee (skip).

Curling out of the Hub City Curling club, the 1969 McKee rink won the City title maintaining an undefeated record 4-0, through the "A" side event, and advanced to the Northern playdowns. This was Joyce's eighth city title. At the Northern playdowns, the McKee foursome recorded five straight wins, clinching McKee's 5th Northern title with a 11-3 victory in the "A" final.

The victory advanced the rink to the Provincial Championship, where they defeated the Southern representative in two straight games. At the Dominions, the McKee foursome was tied with the Ontario rink, after eight rounds with identical records of 7-1. They met in the final ninth round of the championship. Battling back from a 4-2 deficit, the McKee foursome topped Ontario 6-5 capturing the Canadian Ladies Curling Crown for a third time as the best Ladies curling foursome in Canada. Inducted in 1987.

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1967-68 Larry McGrath Mixed Curling

Left to right: Larry McGrath, Darlene Hill, John Gunn, Marlene Dorsett.

The Larry McGrath Mixed Curling Rink of Kindersley were winners of the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship on three occasions, which is still an unmatched record.

The team consisting of Larry McGrath, Darlene Hill, John Gunn and Marlene Dorsett won the title in both 1967 and 1968. The 1967 finals were held in Quebec City, and at the end of the week McGrath's record was nine wins and one loss. He took the championship with an extra end win over Alberta. The score was 7-6.

In 1968 the venue was Winnipeg, and the same McGrath team successfully defended it's national title. With a record of ten wins and no losses, the final game brought them up against Newfoundland, and they came away winners with an 11-4 score.

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1971 Larry McGrath Mixed Curling

Left to right: Larry McGrath, Darlene Hill, John Gunn, Audrey St. John.

Three years later, in 1971, Larry, Darlene Hill and John Gunn, were joined by Audrey St. John. Again the team went all the way, capturing the national championship in St. John, New Brunswick. After an exciting week of curling, and a record of nine wins and one loss, McGrath beat Manitoba by a score of 8-5 to take the national title.

Since 1971 Larry McGrath's name has frequently appeared in Dominion Brier competitions, and he is considered by his peers to be an excellent ambassador for the game.

Installed in the Saskatchewan sports Hall of Fame on March 21, 1981.

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Edward Lukowich

Edward Lukowich

Curling (B.Ed. '69, B.A.(P.E.) '72)

Ed Lukowich graduated from high school in Hafford, Sask. and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1965. During his years on campus, he was a member of the varsity curling team for four years.

Prior to entering the University of Saskatchewan, Ed had established himself as an outstanding curler by skipping the Saskatchewan rink that captured the Canadian High School Championship in 1964.

While a student at the University, Ed played on three Western Canadian Intercollegiate Curling Championship rinks. In 1965 and 1966 he played third for his brother Michael who skipped the championship rinks. In 1968 Ed skipped the University of Saskatchewan rink that captured the WCIAA Championship.

While still a student at the University of Saskatchewan, Ed established himself as a curler at the city, provincial and national scene. He went on to capture the Canadian Brier, CBC Curling Classic and competed at the Silver Broom.

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Marj Mitchell Curling Rink

On March 22,1980 Marj Mitchell, Nancy Kerr, Shirley McKendry and Wendy Leach brought Canada it's first Ladies World Curling Championship.

The Mitchell rink, from the Caledonian Curling Club in Regina, headed to Perth, Scotland after capturing the Canadian title at Edmonton. All the games were tough and exciting in Edmonton, especially the last rock drama in the semi-final against Ontario, when Marj had to steal one to win. Fortunately, she succeeded, and went on to beat Nova Scotia 6-5 in the final.

After a week of International competition in Scotland the Saskatchewan curlers found themselves in the final against Sweden. The game was close but eventually Canada triumphed, taking a 7-6 decision in an extra end.

Marj Mitchell (skip) and Nancy Kerr (third) have curled together since 1975. In their first year together they won the Provincial Championship and the CBC Curling Classic. They were also runners-up in the Canadian Ladies Championship.

Shirley McKendry (second) joined the team in 1980 and Wendy Leach (lead) has been curling with the Mitchell rink since 1978.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, March 21, 1981.

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