Growing up… I remember my Dad and Mom being avid curlers! Both are now in their 90’s and Dad is still a very dedicated fan. He now watches all of the events from the comfort of his home instead of the rink.
He enjoyed over 70 years as a curler. I was always so proud to tell everyone that my Dad represented Northern Ontario in the 1956 MacDonald’s Brier Tankard held in Moncton New Brunswick.
For my parents 60th anniversary present, we treated them to tickets for the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier in Hamilton Ontario.
However, I believe the highlight of this curling story is the night my brother and I took my Dad to the Women’s 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts held in St. Catharines, Ontario as a 90th birthday gift.
They acknowledged “Bill Hudgins” on the rink’s giant teletron for his achievements in the sport. This special recognition made him feel proud and happy, it made the birthday event even more meaningful. We are so proud of him and all he has been able to do over the years, in particular, maintaining his passion for the sport and his commitment to cheering on his fellow champions.
Dad’s achievements in the sport included:
– he curled in over 52 clubs in his 70+ years in the sport.
– his team were the only 3 time winners of the Southern Ontario, Banana Belt Bonspiel.
– he has curled across Ontario in both Southern and Northern rinks
Reflections shared by his daughter, Lynda Desmarais (72 years old), his son Reece Hudgins (65 years old)