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Involved with the sport of curling in northwestern Ontario for over 50 years, this resident of Thunder Bay is known throughout the curling community as a strong supporter and tireless worker. Serving as a Director with the Port Arthur Curling Club from 1951-60, he held the position of President from 1955-60, as well as serving on the Executive on the Northwestern Ontario Curling Association for many years. Nationally he served as Co-Vice Chairman for the 1960 Brier and on the steering committee of the 1968 School Boy National Playdowns.

A strong supporter of youth curling, Neil has served two terms as the Northwestern Ontario representative to the Canadian Junior Curling Commission and as Chairman of junior and schoolboys curling in the region for many years. As a technical expert in the sport, he served as the Northwestern Ontario Coordinator for Curl Canada Instructional Clinics and was a founding member of the Ontario Curling Development Council. Included amongst the numerous awards granted Neil are a 1980 Special Achievement Award from the Province of Ontario and a 1988 Canadian Curling Association Award of Merit.

Neil did not just lend his organizational skills to curling as he also served as President of the Thunder Bay Youth Soccer Association in 1979, President of the Northwestern Ontario Track & Field Association from 1975-81 and as an official at the 1980 Pan Am Junior Track & Field Championships.

Now into his 80s, Neil continues to serve the sport of curling as a volunteer and as the Commissioner of Ladies Major League in Thunder Bay.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 25th, 1993

Neil Duncan

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