Teams at the 2022 Lorraine Gagnon Memorial Bonspiel competed under banners won by Gagnon herself during her impressive career in the sport. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Teams at the 2022 Lorraine Gagnon Memorial Bonspiel competed under banners won by Gagnon herself during her impressive career in the sport. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Kerry Park curlers remember former president Lorraine Gagnon

Gagnon was a provincial and national champion and ambassador for the sport

The Kerry Park Curling Club remembered a former president and well-known member of the B.C. curling community last month with the second annual Lorraine Gagnon Memorial Open Bonspiel on March 17-20.

Heavily involved in promoting and coaching the sport, particularly to junior and new curlers, Gagnon spent about eight years as club president. She also won countless titles during her career, including the BC Senior Women’s Championship in 2011 and BC and Canadian Masters Women’s championships in 2018.

Gagnon died on Jan. 1, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. The first bonspiel in her honour was held in 2020. There was no event in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The A Event, sponsored by the Malahat Lions Club, was won by Team Gillespie. The B Event, sponsored by Stormin’ Golf Enterprises, was won by Team Steel. The C Event, sponsored by Duncan Ironworks, was won by Team Matthews. The D Event, sponsored by Boston Pizza Duncan, was won by Team Perry.

Daniel Hill and Oliver Smith were the recipients of the Lorraine Gagnon Junior Achievement Spirit Award.

“The purpose of this bonspiel is to honour our friend and fellow curler,” said Myrna Proulx, a vice president of the Kerry Park Curling Club. “But the format is specific to include junior and new curlers.”

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Teams at the 2022 Lorraine Gagnon Memorial Bonspiel competed under banners won by Gagnon herself during her impressive career in the sport. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Teams at the 2022 Lorraine Gagnon Memorial Bonspiel competed under banners won by Gagnon herself during her impressive career in the sport. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)