Curlers named to Hall

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

"Cathy O" may be a hall-of-famer now but she is not done yet.

Cathy Overton-Clapham was one of three curlers who will be inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame and Museum, it was announced during a ceremony at the hall (fifth floor, The Bay Downtown) yesterday.

"I was very surprised," said Overton-Clapham, 36. "It's an honour to be recognized so young. That is just an honour in itself.

"(But) I'm not done playing yet so save some room on the wall."

The list of her accomplishments is already impressive enough, though. Overton-Clapham has won two national Scott Tournaments of Hearts -- at third for Connie Laliberte in 1995 and at third for Jennifer Jones last year. She has appeared in 13 women's provincial championships, winning four -- two with Laliberte, one with Kathie Allardyce and the one with Jones. She also skipped a squad to the Canadian junior crown in 1989.

HEADED TO THE SCOTT

"It's really an honour to be inducted," Overton-Clapham said. "I mean, look around at the people on the walls here. And I was fortunate enough to have played with some of them. It's unreal."

Now she is headed to this year's Scott in London, Ont., as part of Team Canada.

The other curlers being inducted were Doug Armour and Hal Tanasichuk. In the team category, the men's squads skipped by Billy Walsh in 1952 and '56 and David Hamblin's 2002 World Junior Championship squad were also included. Vic Wood made it as a veteran curler while Malcolm (Mac) Campbell got in as a veteran curler-builder. Vic Palmer was added as a builder.

"Wow! Whoo! I never thought I'd be here," said Armour, who some consider the best rural curler Manitoba has ever produced. "I just took a walk through here (hall) and it gave me goose bumps that I would be in here with all these great curlers.

"It's very emotional. I just wish my dad could have been here because he's the guy who got me started. He's also the guy who gave me the passion and the competitive spirit for the game because he was so much that way himself."

Armour, 61, has won five provincial championships and a Canadian Masters title. Armour played third for Neepawa's Kelly Robertson at last week's Safeway Select and will compete in this year's provincial Masters.

"You bet I'm not (finished playing)," he said. "It's too much fun."

Tanasichuk, 67, has competed in 25 provincial championships, winning the national Mixed on 1977.

"I was very surprised," he said. "I just about fell off the chesterfield. Curling has been very good to me over the years."

Hamblin, 25, is being inducted with his team of third Ross Derksen, second Kevin Hamblin (his brother) and Ross McCannell.

"I'd have to say I was shocked," he said. "At this age, you don't expect that kind of a call and it's definitely an honour and with all the great curlers here (hall).

"It was an unforgettable year and we hope to have more in the future. Maybe we can get back here as an Olympic team, ideally."

The induction dinner will be held at Canad Inns, Polo Park on May 7. Tickets will be available through the MCA office soon.

BITERS: Armour has been asked to be the fifth man for Brandon's Brian Moffatt, who suffered a recent rib injury, at next month's senior men's provincials ... Jennifer Jones has politely declined the St. Vital's offer of a Scott sendoff.


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