A BC curler is among two of Canada’s most accomplished curlers who will be inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.
Christine Jurgenson of Osoyoos, along with Cathy Overton-Clapham of Winnipeg, will be formally inducted during ceremonies at Curling Canada championships later this curling season. Jurgenson will be inducted during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Jan. 27-Feb. 4 in Penticton.
Jurgenson is a four-time world championship gold-medallist representing Canada.
Her first came in 1986, not long after she won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in London, Ont., playing second with her sister (and fellow member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame) Marilyn Bodogh. At the 1986 World Championship in Kelowna, B.C., Jurgenson won gold after Team Canada beat Germany’s Andrea Schöpp in the final.
Jurgenson would play in six editions of the Canadian Women’s Championships, representing three provinces (Ontario in 1980 and 1986; Alberta in 1983; B.C. in 1995 and 1997) in addition to one Scotties as Team Canada in 1987.
Her success carried over to seniors curling as she won a pair of Canadian Senior Women’s Championships in three years, and followed both with gold medals at the World Senior Championships, and another as an alternate with Team Canada.
In 2008 at Prince Albert, Sask., she threw lead rocks with Pat Sanders’ gold-medal B.C. team that won gold at the world seniors a year later in Dunedin, New Zealand.
In 2010, it was Jurgenson skipping the B.C. team that won the Canadian championship in Ottawa, and followed up with a gold medal at the 2011 World Seniors in Saint Paul, Minn.
In 2013, Jurgenson joined Team Canada as the alternate with the Cathy King-skipped team that posted a perfect 8-0 record en route to winning the gold medal at Fredericton, N.B.
“My sister Marilyn surprised me; we were on the phone together and she handed the phone to (former Curling Canada Board of Governors Chair) Peter Inch so that he could tell me of my induction into the Hall of Fame,” said Jurgenson. “I was shocked and overwhelmed by the news. I’ve made so many lasting friendships, both with teammates and players from other teams, and I feel truly blessed for having had these opportunities in a sport that I love.”
Meanwhile Overton-Clapham will be inducted during the Tim Hortons Brier, March 3-11 in Regina. Overton-Clapham, who’s still active — she’ll be playing third with Chelsea Carey’s team at the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, beginning Dec. 2 in Ottawa — has been winning championships since she was a teenager.
“Cathy and Christine have represented our country and our sport with grace, class and professionalism over the years, and it was, suffice it to say, a no-brainer for the Hall of Fame Committee to welcome them to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame,” said Scott Comfort of the Curling Canada Board of Governors, who also chairs the Awards and Hall of Fame Committee. “As champion curlers, they exemplified what our sport is about, combining on-ice skill with exemplary sportsmanship and respect for the game.”