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This builder of sport has provided leadership and direction to curlers from the local to the world level from the 1970s to the present day. First getting involved with the Port Arthur Curling Club in 1968, he went on to become an active member and leader with the club for over 40 years. On the Board for 12 years, serving as President from 1985-87, he contributed his time and expertise as a member of numerous bonspiel and competition event committees and as a driving force behind the advancement of youth curling.

A long time Executive member of the Men's Major League of curling, he was also involved with the Northwestern Ontario Curling Association for over twenty years, including time as Junior Chair, a position he also held within the Northern Ontario Curling Association.

Becoming a coach in 1980, he developed a reputation of caring and quality balanced with high expectations and hard work. With a coaching win record of close to 80%, he led his curlers to success at competitions across the district, province, and the country. Between 1996 and 2006, six of his teams represented Northern Ontario at the Junior Nationals. In 1996, the Jeff Currie Rink claimed the Canadian Junior Men's National title and represented Canada with distinction at the World championships, just finishing out of the medals with a 4th place showing. In 2001, he coached the Brian Adams Jr. rink to a 4th place finish at the Canada Winter Games, and back-to-back bronze medals at the 2001 and 2002 Canadian championships.

A coach with Confederation College for over a decade, he helped led their men's, women's, and mixed teams to numerous Ontario Colleges Athletic Association titles. At the high school level, his rinks topped the standings in SSSAA action and claimed OFSAA silver. For many years, he also provided instruction to youth curlers at Curl Ontario camps and clinics.

For his outstanding dedication to curling and success as a coach, this exceptional builder has earned Provincial Coaching Awards and was named a Life Member of the Northwestern Ontario Curling Association. The legacy of this builder's involvement is not just the medals won by his athletes, but the fact that many of them have remained involved as players, coaches, and volunteers, following in the footsteps of the man who showed them the way.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 26, 2009

Don Main

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