The Curl BC Awards have been decided for 2020-21 – with a Mile Zero name firmly in the hacks.
Three inspirational winners have been named today include two managers and a volunteer ice technician: Jeff Ginter of Dawson Creek Curling Club – for the Ron Houston Administrator of the Year, Jock Tyre of Kelowna Curling Club – for the Judie Roberts Friendship Award; and Jim Woodruff of Vanderhoof Curling Club – for the Volunteer of the Year
Curl BC Awards Committee Chair Dale Gregory said curling club managers and volunteers worked incredibly hard during this truly unprecedented season – and it was important to recognize their work.
“While we have only three winners today, we want to thank every single person who helped their club this year, especially those people who put in extra hours to deal with the myriad ways that Covid-19 affected the sport.”
Jeff Ginter, who was at the helm of an 8-sheet curling facility throughout the 2020-21 season, was nominated by his club’s president, Deanna Larson. Ginter is not only the General Manager of the club, but also a very skilled head ice technician. He has maintained this dual role at the club, working countless hours, for over five years. In addition to these paid roles, Ginter also wears many other hats at the club, depending on what is needed for its success.
One great example of this is how he acts as the liaison with the City of Dawson Creek, promoting the club and its achievements at council meetings. This year brought extra challenges for Ginter but he rose above it all. With the onset of Covid-19, Ginter worked with his board of directors to ensure the safe return to sport in a variety of changing circumstances.
Larson said when it comes to the sport of curling, Jeff pours himself into grassroots initiatives including elementary programs and learn-to-curl programs.
"He is welcoming to newcomers and a highly motivating and encouraging instructor focused on skill development and love of the game.”
Ginter said being chosen for Curl BC’s Ron Houston Administrator of the Year Award is surprising and humbling.
"To even be nominated is both overwhelming and very much appreciated. Thank you. The sport of curling is truly special to me. It’s literally built me a family, and now a career, and has charted my life’s path through thousands of cherished friendships along the way. No one person can manage a successful curling club alone, so I share this award with my wife and children, and my Dawson Creek “curling family” - our Board of Directors and staff, awesome volunteers, hundreds of curlers and our numerous community partners.”