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Combining the knowledge he gained as an athlete, with his strong leadership and coaching skills, turned out to be a winning combination for this long time coach, volunteer and sports administrator.

Attending Fort William Collegiate he was active in many sports and served as President of the Boy's Athletic Society. A 1973 graduate of Lakehead University's Phys-Ed program, he spent many years teaching and coaching at the high school level.

A sports leader in his community, he served in a number of capacities including Site Coordinator for the 1974 Ontario Winter Games in men's basketball, President of both the Northwestern Ontario Sports Council and Thunder Bay Gymnastics Club and as a volunteer with the 1981 OFSSA Track and Field Championships and 1981 Canada Summer Games.

In the sport of curling he has left his mark from the local to the world level. President of the Association of Competitive Curlers and on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Ontario Curling Federation he has provided his expertise to such events as the 1991 Canadian Mixed, TSN/JVC Women’s Skins Games, 1996 Scott Tournament of Hearts, 1998 World Junior Curling Championships and convened the 2002 OFSSA Curling championships.

His dedication to young curlers saw him as the Director of Development and Junior Curling for the former Northwestern Ontario Curling Association for close to a decade, and as an instructor with the Trillium and Amethyst curling camps.

A nationally certified coach he has served as a National Coaching Certification Program Course Coordinator and as a Learning Facilitator for Curl Ontario and served in a number of capacities with the Northern Ontario Curling Association, Curl Ontario and the Canadian Curling Association, currently serving as NOCA's Technical Coordinator.

The National Team Coach for the German Curling Federation from 2002-07, he led the Andy Kapp rink to a World Curling bronze medal in 2005 and a silver in 2007 and an 8th place showing at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, as well as helping the women's team qualify for the World Curling Championships after a three year absence.

In 2010 he coached Thunder Bay’s Christian Tolusso rink to the Northern Ontario junior boys title and helped the Queens University men's team claim the CIS Championship, taking them to the 2011 Winter Universiade in Turkey. For his contributions he received the Ontario and Superior Secondary School Athletic Association Leadership awards.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 29, 2012

Dick Henderson

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