Fort William Curling Club Ė 125 Years Strong
The following year it was another group of curlers from the Fort William Curling Club that made history when Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Bob Nicol, Bruce Kennedy and fifth man Al Fiskar claimed the 1982 Canadian and World Curling titles. In 1985 Hackner and Lang teamed up with Ian Tetley and Pat Perroud with Bruce Kennedy as their fifth man to once again claim the national and world curling titles.
In 1988 it was the ladies who would shine with Heather Houston, Lorraine Lang, Diane Adams, Tracy Kennedy and fifth Gloria Taylor claiming our first Canadian Womenís curling title. Repeating as national champions the following year, the first womenís team ever to win back to back national curling titles, their victory at the 1989 World championships was another first for our community.
In 1991 the Jason Repay rink of Aaron Skillen, Scott McCallum, Trevor Clifford, along with fifth man Darryl Cambly and coach Jim Glena won our first Canadian Junior crown and claimed a bronze medal at the 1992 world junior curling championship.
In 2006 Hackner and Lang again entered the record books when they teamed up with Al Laine and Brian Adams Sr. to claim our first Canadian Senior Menís curling title, going on to earn a silver medal at the 2007 World championship.
The Fort William Curling Club continues to send top notch curlers to national events including the Krista McCarville rink and the Doug Dean rink who brought home silver medals from the 2016 Scottie Tournament of Hearts and the 2016 Canadian Wheelchair Curling championships,
In addition to the Brier, the Fort William Curling Club has held a number of events over the years and this tradition will continue during its 125th season with the hosting of the Northern Ontario Menís and provincial wheelchair championships this coming February and the Canadian university national championships next March.
Congratulations and happy anniversary to the Fort William Curling Club and thank you to the many volunteers who have spent countless hours carrying on the rich and proud tradition that began 125 years ago.