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Jim Maloway, MLA Elmwood
June 3, 2014

Don Duguid

Mr. Speaker, joining us in the gallery today is Canadian curling legend Don Duguid.

Mr. Speaker, Don was one of several extraordinary Manitobans inducted into the Order of Manitoba at a magnificent ceremony featuring their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, on May 21st, 2014.

After Don was married, he moved to Parade Drive in Transcona. In fact, our own Speaker went to school with one of Don's sons. Don now resides in Charleswood with his wife, Barbara.

Early in his curling career, Don claimed many championship titles, including the 1957 Manitoba Consols and the 1965 Canadian Brier. He retired from curling in 1969. Fortunately, that retirement would not last long.

In 1970, Don emerged from retirement to form one of the most successful teams in curling history along with third Rod Hunter, second Jim Pettapiece and lead Bryan Wood. The Winnipeg powerhouse went undefeated at two back-to-back world championships, going 8-0 in 1970 and 9-0 a year later.

After finally retiring his broom, Don became one of the first curling broadcasters, working with both CBC and NBC. After his many telecasting innovations, Don was the first to introduce the centre line, to mic curlers and to use the telestrator. Don was the first to introduce curling schools to Canada, the US and Europe. His program is now taught by the Canadian, US and European curling associations.

In recognition of his accomplishments–curling–his accomplished curling career, Don was inducted to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1974, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 and the world curling hall of fame in 2013.

Mr. Speaker, I'm sure some in this Chamber remember the fever that swept over Canada when Team Duguid proved time and again that they were the best in the world. Don's gutsy plays and steady hand have earned him a spot in curling legend.

Congratulations, Don, on an accomplished career, and for being inducted into the Order of Manitoba.