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For over three decades Jimmy Guy of Kenora was one of the region’s most respected competitive curlers. Considered a legend during his time, he was one of the early sliders in the game, learning and developing his unique style at the former Kenora Rowing Club Rink. From the 1930s to the 1960s he was a competitor in the highest levels of curling in northwestern Ontario and Canada.

During his first three years as skip with the Kenora Club he lost only four games. With the formation of the Northwestern Ontario Curling Association (NWOCA), he claimed the former British Consul Trophy as a skip in 1948, 1952, 1955 and 1963 going on to compete in the Northern Ontario play downs. In 1948 he became the first skip from northwestern Ontario to win the Northern Ontario curling title and represent the region at the national championships, returning to the Macdonald Brier again in 1952.

Well known throughout the west as a strong competitor, he was a force to be reckoned with in bonspiels from the Lakehead through to Saskatchewan, teaming up with Grant Watson to win the highly competitive Nipawin Car Spiel which attracted some of the country’s top curlers.

This pioneer from the region’s early curling history passed away in 1978.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 25, 1982

Jimmy Guy

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