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Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame Announces Inductees for 2016

Tuesday Feb 16 2016

The Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame & Museum (MCHFM) has announced its 2016 class of inductees. To be formally honoured at the annual induction banquet, May 1st at Canad Inns – Polo Park are two curlers, a curler-builder, a builder, and four teams.

The induction ceremony this year will pay tribute to the accomplishments of 8-time Manitoba champion Karen Dunbar-Souris; team-mates Ron Westcott and Bob Boughey-Fort Rouge, winners of five Manitoba and one Canadian championship; MLCA Past-President Audrey Hogg; the Leo Johnson-Strathcona team which won the first ever Manitoba and Canadian Senior Men’s Championships; the Lois Fowler-Brandon team which won the 2015 World Senior Women’s championship; and the Don Montgomery-Franklin and Stan Gowling-Morden teams – winners of the first two Manitoba and Canadian Junior Championships.

Following are detailed outlines of the honourees accomplishments.

CURLER: Karen Dunbar (Anderson)-Souris is an eight-time Manitoba champion. She won the Manitoba Lassie Championship (now known as Scotties Tournament of Hearts) in 1975 and 1976 as lead for Joan Mogt’s Souris team. She also won the Manitoba Senior Women’s title as lead for Joyce McDougall in 2004 and 2006 and as third in 2007. As lead, she helped McDougall win the 2010 and 2011 Manitoba and Canadian Masters Women’s championships and the 2013 Manitoba Championship.

CURLER:  Ron Westcott-Fort Rouge has a long and successful curling career which includes 42 appearances in Manitoba Championships including Men’s, Senior Men’s, Masters Men’s, and Mixed with an impressive record of 178 wins and 104 losses. He won the MCA Bonspiel Grand Aggregate in 1971 at third for Terry Braunstein, and skipped his own team to the 1981 MCA Bonspiel Free Press event title, the 1999 Manitoba Senior Men’s title, the 2010-2012-2014-2015 Manitoba Masters titles, and the 2015 Canadian Masters title. He also won a World Seniors silver medal in 2002 as a replacement skip on the Carl German team.

CURLER/BUILDER: Bob Boughey-Fort Rouge is a respected competitor who has made a significant contribution to the sport as a Fort Rouge club executive member and president in 1993-94 as well as assuming a leadership position on several major event committees. He chaired the Hog Line Inn layout committee at the 1991 Worlds, served on the inaugural Safeway Select committee (1995-Winnipeg) and the Green Valley Junior Men’s committee (1996), chaired the Transportation committee for the 2003 Worlds and the Arena, Ice, and Rocks committee for the 2008 Brier. As a competitor, he has appeared in 36 Junior, Men’s, Senior and Masters provincial championships winning one senior and four Masters Manitoba titles and the 2015 Canadian Masters Championship as second for Ron Westcott.

BUILDER: Audrey Hogg-Warren was a Manitoba Ladies Curling Association Council Member beginning in 1989 and served as MLCA President in 1995-96. In addition to her MLCA leadership duties in many capacities, she was a member of the MCA/MLCA Amalgamation committee. She was also a volunteer at the 1991 & 2003 Worlds, the 1998 & 2008 Briers, 2nd Vice Chair of the Pepsi Juniors (1992-93), and 1st Vice Chair of the Scott Tournament of Hearts (1994-95). Audrey Hogg is already an MLCA/CurlManitoba Honourary Life Member.

TEAM: Lois Fowler- 2015 World Senior Champions: Lois Fowler (Skip), Maureen Bonar (Third), Cathy Gauthier (Second), Allyson Stewart (Lead) won the Manitoba and Canadian Senior Women’s championships in 2014 and waited a full year for their chance to compete in the World Seniors in Sochi, Russia. They brought home a gold medal with a 7-1 win-loss record.

TEAM: Don Montgomery – 1947 Manitoba School Boys & Canadian Junior Champions: the Franklin team of Don Montgomery (Skip), Reg Freeman (Third), Doug Kitson (Second), and Keith Sinclair (Lead) won the first Manitoba School Boys Championship as well as the inaugural competition for the Victor Sifton Trophy, the event which would grow over time into the Canadian Junior Championship. At the time they won, all of the team members were only 15 years of age. The first junior championship included Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

TEAM: Stan Gowling – 1948 Manitoba School Boys & Canadian Junior Champions: the Morden team of Stan Gowling (Skip), Norm Stewart (Third), Ross Topley (Second), and Jack Borthwick (Lead) won the second Manitoba School Boys championship and retained for Manitoba the Victor Sifton Trophy. By the second year of competition, the “Canadian Junior Championship” had grown to include BC and a team from Northern Ontario.

TEAM: Leo Johnson – 1965 Manitoba & Canadian Senior Men’s Champions: the Strathcona team of Leo Johnson (Skip), Marno Frederickson (Third), Fred Smith (Second), Cliff Wise (Lead) only played together for one season but it was a very successful one. Representing the legendary Strathcona club, they won the first Manitoba Senior Men’s Championship and went on to win the first-ever Canadian Senior Men’s Championship as well. The team was the first of five Strathcona teams to win the championship which now bears the name of their beloved club. 



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