Cathy Overton-Clapham, left, and Christine Jurgenson are being inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Curling.ca

Osoyoos woman to be inducted into Canadian Curling Hall of Fame

Induction ceremony will take place in Penticton during Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Christine Jurgenson of Osoyoos, a four-time world championship gold medallist, will be inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.

Jurgenson, along with Cathy Overton-Clapham (Winnipeg, Man.) are two of Canada’s most accomplished curlers and 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, 2018 in Penticton and Overton-Clapham will be inducted during the Tim Hortons Brier, March 3-11 in Regina.

Related: Tickets for Scotties in Penticton on sale

“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.”

Jurgenson’s first world championship 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, 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.

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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.”

Tickets for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the SOEC box office, online at curling.ca/tickets or by phone at 1-877-763-2849. All ticket packages are subject to standard facility and ticket service fees.

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. She won her first provincial junior championship in 1986, and then skipped Manitoba to victory at the 1989 Canadian Junior Championships, and followed up with a bronze medal a year later at the 1990 World Junior Championships in Portage la Prairie, Man.

She followed that with a brilliant career in women’s curling, winning five Scotties Tournament of Hearts titles; only fellow Hall-of-Famer Colleen Jones with six has more.

Overton-Clapham won her first women’s provincial championship in 1991 at the age of 21, followed by winning her first Canadian championship in 1995 playing third with Connie Laliberte. She would then go on to win four more playing third with Jennifer Jones — in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Overton-Clapham has played in 12 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

She also won a world championship gold medal in 2008 at Vernon, with Jones, to go along with a bronze she won with Jones in 2010 at Swift Current, Sask., and a silver she won with Laliberte in 1995 at Brandon, Man.

“To have received the news from the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame about my induction was an absolute honour and a humbling experience at the same time” said Overton-Clapham. “Curling has provided me the opportunity to build relationships and experience culture around the world. It’s been a privilege to compete against my peers on ice and share experiences with them off the ice. This honour is not mine alone, I am very grateful to have my family on this ride with me the entire time.”

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