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In true builder fashion, Arline Wilson first got involved with the sport of curling as a participant, going on to volunteer over 30 years of her life to the game in a number of capacities at the local, regional, provincial and national level.

Arline began her curling career in 1960 with the Port Arthur Fire Department's Mixed Curling League. Joining the Port Arthur Ladies Curling Club in 1964, Arline has curled continuously since that time in a number of leagues and disciplines including Ladies, Mixed and Senior. Skipping teams in the Scott Tournament of Hearts northwestern Ontario playdowns and representing Thunder Bay at Ontario Senior Ladies' events, she was a member of the 1991 Canadian Senior Women's championship rink. All throughout her curling career, Arline did not just participate on the ice, she also devoted her time to the building side of the sport.

A member of the Port Arthur Ladies Executive for 27 years, she served as President of the Club in 1977-79 and 1989-90. At the regional level, Arline served as the Club's representative to the Northwestern Ontario Ladies Curling Association Executive for 17 years and as its President in 1992 and 1993. President of the Northern Ontario Women's Curling Association in 1993, she was the Ontario coordinator for Ladies curling that same year and a delegate to the Canadian Curling Association from 1990-93.

Certified as a Level II national instructor/coach and ice official, she has coached numerous successful junior women's and bantam teams and lent her organizational skills to a number of clinics and events. Chair of the 1983 and 1987 Ontario junior women's provincial championships she co-chaired the 1993 Scott Tournament of Hearts provincials. At the national level Arline served as chair of ceremonies for the 1976 National Junior Women's Championships and 1996 Scott Tournament of Hearts National Ladies Championships held in Thunder Bay.

Each year Scott Paper (now known as Kruger) names it's annual Sportsmanship Award after an individual who exemplifies the spirit of curling in the region hosting the national event they sponsor. Not surprisingly when the Scott Tournament of Hearts was held in Thunder Bay in 1996 the award was named the Arline Wilson Award.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 27, 1997

Arline Wilson

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