In P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum
Sports Editor’s Note: Following is the second in a series profiling this year’s six inductees into the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum. The induction ceremony will take place at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside on Monday, Oct. 21.
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A distinguished curling career by the late Ann Currie of Summerside will be recognized later this month.
Currie, who will be inducted into the “Curler” category, will be one of six P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum inductees at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club on Monday, Oct. 21.
Currie began curling in the early 1970s, and won her first major provincial title in 1984, beginning an active 23-year competitive curling career.
With skip Barbara Currie, third stone Bev Millar and lead Marnie Noye, they won the Prince Edward Island women’s curling championship, and represented the province at the 1984 Scott Tournament of Hearts in Charlottetown.
In 1986, the same team again won the right to represent their province in London, Ont.
Ann won five Prince Edward Island senior women’s championships. The first was in 1993, with Janet MacDonald as skip, Donna McCarthy at third stone and lead Bev Millar.
In 1995, the team roster changed and the win came with skip Noye, Ann at third stone, second stone Mabel Gardiner and lead Annetta Walsh.
In 1999, Ann was still playing third stone, but again the team changed. Marg Nowlan took over as skip, Gen Enman was at second stone and the lead was Mabel Gardiner.
The next year, 2000, the team remained together, and they again won the senior women’s title.
In 2001, Ann won with a new rink skipped by Barbara Currie, with Nola Murphy playing third stone and Helen MacDonald at lead.
They were runners-up in 2007, with the 2001 team line-up.
In masters curling, Ann won four Prince Edward Island women’s championships. The first was in 2003, as skip, with Georgie Coulson at third, second Wanda MacLean and lead Mabel Gardiner.
Currie’s rink won in 2005, with Jeanne Duffenais as skip, Georgie Coulson at third and Wanda MacLean at lead. They went on to win the 2005 Maritime women’s masters championship.
The same team was successful in 2006 and 2007, winning the P.E.I. women’s masters title.
At the club level, Ann skipped her teams to wins in the Lady Fox bonspiel in 1984 and 1986.
Ann received the Lester Fitzgerald Award in 2008, awarded posthumously to a member deemed to have unselfishly contributed to the success of the club in various ways.
Ann’s name made frequent appearances on women’s curling trophies during more than two decades.