Teams

Houston [Heather] Women's Curling Rink
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Team Year and Name

1988 & 89 Houston [Heather] Women's Curling Rink

Achievement

Canadian and World Champions

Induction Year

1994

Biography

This outstanding group of curlers first appeared on the Canadian and world curling stage in 1988, after just curling together for one year. Decisively winning the Ontario title, they went on to become Canadian champions by defeating world champion Skip Pat Sanders 6-5 in a match decided by the last rock in the 10th end. Competing in their very first World Championships, they put in a silver medal performance against the Andrea Schopp rink of Germany.

Returning to the Scott Tournament of Hearts in 1989 as Team Canada, they defeated the Chris More Rink 11-5 in the final game. Advancing to the World Championships in Milwaukee, they finished round robin play with a record of 7 wins and 2 losses. Defeating 1988 World Champion Andrea Schopp in the semi-final they faced Trine Trulsen of Norway in the final, claiming an 8-5 victory to become World Champions.

Not surprisingly, their outstanding accomplishments earned them the honour of being named the Ontario Team of the Year for 1989 and entry into Canada's Curling Hall of Fame in 1994. This team also holds the distinction of being the first ladies rink from northwestern Ontario ever to claim a national or world curling title.

Team Members (L-R):
Heather Houston (Skip), Lorraine Lang (3rd), Diane Adams (2nd), Tracy Kennedy (lead), Gloria Taylor (alternate)

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 10th, 1994