Twins in the Hall

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Karen Porritt and Lynn Fallis-Kurz were born together, and they will enter the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame together.

A lot happened in between.

The twin sisters from Winnipeg are among the six individuals and two teams that will be officially inducted into the hall on May 6 at Canad Inns Polo Park.

The other inductees are Alex Fidler, Clifford R. Hudson, Garry Van Den Berghe and builder James A. Sproule. Jim Ursel's 1990 and 1991 Canadian senior men's championship teams and Glenboro native Ab Gowanlock's squad, which won the 1938 national men's title, are the others.

Porritt and Fallis-Kurz are actually already enshrined in the team category as members of Jeff Stoughton's two Canadian mixed championship squads, but this time they are being recognized in the curler category individually ... yet still together.

"She curled a few years when I took some time off," Fallis-Kurz said. "So her list (of accomplishments) is a little bit longer than mine -- and she is half an hour older than I am, so her list should be longer -- but we've always sort of been together, and it's always been the two of us.

"So I'm not surprised that they put us in together, and I'm kind of pleased that they did."

The sisters began curling together at age 12 at the Winnipeg Winter Club, and Fallis-Kurz, who spent all of her competitive career as a lead or a second, was originally the skip over her sister.

"We were probably making sure we didn't get in too many arguments out there," Fallis-Kurz said.

"Emotions were always high as kids, but we did pretty good, because we did get along good."

Porritt eventually took over the shot calling, and the sisters won a Canadian junior crown in 1981.

They captured their first provincial women's championship together in 2002 as members of the Jennifer Jones team.

"Any time we won the province or Canada, they were big events," Porritt said.

"I hope there's more in the future."

Porritt still skips an elite women's team, and Fallis-Kurz serves as her fifth.

In the team category, Norm Houck was Ursel's third during their impressive two-year run in the senior division, and he recalled yesterday how they made a serious run at a provincial men's title one of those years, downing the likes of Kerry Burtnyk and Jeff Stoughton before falling to Vic Peters.

"That was a damn good senior team, and there's never been a better one," Houck said.

"Somebody may say they were as good, but there were never any better."


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