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SOUDOG'S CURLING HISTORY SITE

HOME OF THE HISTORY & RICH TRADITION OF "THE ROARIN' GAME"

"You've gotta have STONES to play this game!"

 

 

 

CANADIAN WOMEN'S CURLING CHAMPIONS

 

 

 

 

Champions: 1961 to Present

All-Time Rosters

STOH Awards & All-Star Teams

Record Book

 

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1998 STOH

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BACKGROUNDER (Excerpt from the CCA's STOH homepage):

The 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Lethbridge marks the twenty-eighth anniversary of Kruger Products (formerly Scott Paper Ltd.) sponsorship of the Canadian Women's Curling Championship.  Kruger Products is the longest national sponsor of amateur sport in Canada.  It was at the Lassie in St. John’s in the spring of 1981 that Scott Paper Limited officially made the commitment to the Canadian Curling Association to sponsor the Canadian Women's Curling Championship.  A great deal of preparation culminates in "The Scotties Tournament of Hearts" which has been held in:

 

Regina, SK - 1982

Ottawa, ON - 1990

Regina, SK - 1998

London, ON - 2006

Prince George, BC - 1983

Saskatoon, SK - 1991

Charlottetown, PEI - 1999

Lethbridge, AB - 2007

Charlottetown, PEI - 1984

Halifax, NS - 1992

Prince George, BC - 2000

Regina, SK - 2008

Winnipeg, MB - 1985

Brandon, MB - 1993

Sudbury, ON - 2001

Victoria, BC - 2009

London, ON - 1986

Kitchener, ON - 1994

Brandon, MB - 2002

 

Lethbridge, AB - 1987

Calgary, AB - 1995

Kitchener, ON - 2003

 

Fredericton, NB - 1988

Thunder Bay, ON - 1996

Red Deer, AB - 2004

 

Kelowna, BC - 1989

Vancouver, BC - 1997

St. John’s, NL - 2005

 

 

Curling is one of the largest amateur sports in Canada with over one million active curlers.  The total television reach for The Scott Tournament of Hearts final game is over three million Canadians.  Over eleven million adult Canadians will watch curling on television this winter.  That is better than one in three of all Canadians.

 

Curling is a major winter pastime in Canada.  It dominates the leisure hours of residents of most rural communities and is an important recreational and competitive sport in most larger metropolitan centres.

 

Canada long ago distinguished itself as the number one curling nation in the world.  It is acknowledged throughout the world that nowhere is competition as keen and the path to the top so strewn with obstacles as in Canada.  At the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary, curling was a demonstration sport.  The Canadian Women's team, skipped by Vancouver's Linda Moore, the 1985 World Champions, captured the gold medal.  Julie Sutton's team from Victoria, the winner of The 1991 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, represented Canada at the 1992 Winter Olympics in France.  They captured a bronze medal in the demonstration sport of curling.  Curling has now been accepted by the International Olympic Association as a medal sport.  In the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, Regina’s Sandra Schmirler, the winner of the 1997 Scott Tournament of Hearts and the reigning world champion captured gold!  In 2002, Kelley Law’s team from BC, 2000 Canadian and World Champions represented Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, capturing a bronze medal.

 

The first women's international championship was held in 1979.  Canadian women have an enviable record in international competition.  World champions from Canada include:

 

Marj Mitchell, 1980

Pat Sanders, 1987

Colleen Jones, 2001, 2004

Connie Laliberte, 1984

Heather Houston, 1989

Kelly Scott, 2007

Linda Moore, 1985

Sandra Peterson/Schmirler , 1993, 1994, 1997

Jennifer Jones, 2008

Marilyn Bodogh (nee Darte), 1986, 1996

Kelley Law, 2000

 

 

Curlers are highly competitive and yet extremely sportsmanlike.  Many of the sport's rules are etiquette rulings where appropriate behavior is suggested, but penalties for infractions are curiously absent.  Curlers shake hands before and after each game and it is rare when smiles do not grace the faces of both winners and losers.  They are a fiercely loyal group that are very proud of their sport.

 

It was this curious mix of camaraderie and competitiveness which first attracted the interest of Scott Paper.  In assuming sponsorship of women's curling, Scott hoped to build awareness for both the company and the sport and to effectively merchandise curling across Canada.  The logo for The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is a cluster of four hearts, which represents the four curlers who comprise a team and recognizes the importance curlers place on teamwork.  The hearts also symbolize the "spirit" of curling - the friendship that characterizes the sport.  The logo has been fully integrated into all aspects of the event.

 

The Provincial/Territorial champions each receive a gold chain and pendant in the shape of the four hearts while the runners-up receive sterling silver chains and pendants.  In addition, the winning teams are presented with a red heart crest to be worn on their Provincial jackets.

 

All repeat Provincial/Territorial champions have a diamond added to their gold pendants and repeat runners-up have a ruby added to their silver pendants.  Since Scott Paper assumed sponsorship of the Canadian Women's Curling Championship, Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones has distinguished herself as the "winningest curler" with four diamonds now adorning the pendant which she won in 1982, a pair of diamond earrings to celebrate her sixth Scotties Tournament of Hearts win and a gold bracelet with seven diamonds to commemorate her seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial championship titles.  Also prior to her Scotties Tournament of Hearts wins, Colleen won two Lassie Provincial titles.

 

At the national level, the trophy has been specially designed in silver with four heart-shaped columns of varying heights rising from a teak base.  Each member of the winning team receives smaller replicas of the trophy in addition to gold rings, in the four-heart design, set with a .33-carat diamond.  The runners-up receive gold rings with rubies and the third place team receives gold rings set with emeralds.

 

Other awards presented at The Scotties Tournament of Hearts include First and Second Team All Star Awards which recognize the best leads, seconds, thirds and skips and, a Shot of the Week Award to the player who made the most outstanding shot during the championship.

 

Two special Awards have been created in the memory of two very special individuals who passed away in 2000.  The Sandra Schmirler MVP Award is presented to the top curler in the playoffs of The Scotties Tournament of Hearts.  Sandra died of cancer at age 36 after an incredible three Canadian and World titles and an Olympic Gold Medal.  The Joan Mead Builders Award will recognize the contributions of someone other than a curler to the sport of curling.  Joan Mead was the producer of curling at CBC until her sudden death.

 

The Sportsmanship Award is presented to the curler who best embodies the spirit of curling.  The Award is named The Marj Mitchell Award in perpetuity in remembrance of the World Champion curler and in recognition of her contribution to the sport of curling.  Marj died of cancer at the age of 35.  In past years, a different curler or builder from the region where The Scotties Tournament of Hearts was being held was honoured and the award named after him or her.  Individuals previously honoured include: Diana Doe, Joyce McKee, Ina Hansen, Elizabeth MacDonald, Lura McLuckie, Jo Wallace, Myrna McQuarrie, Caroline Ball, the lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Sylvia Fedoruk, Lee Tobin, Dr. Vera Pezer, Joyce Myers, Mabel Mitchell, Effie Hesselwood, Bob Stewart and Arline Wilson.

 

Every participant at The Scotties Tournament of Hearts receives a pin, which is a tiny replica of a curling broom, cast in 14K gold and accented with a small diamond.

 

 

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