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L to R: TCA Past President Hugh Murphy, Don Powell and new TCA President Richard Hart

L to R: TCA Past President Hugh Murphy, award winner Don Powell and new TCA President Richard Hart

First ice technician to join roster of GTA curling legends

Big news from last month’s Annual General Meeting: Weston ice technician Don Powell has won the Toronto Curling Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award for 2014-15!

Powell had no idea what was coming. At the packed TCA AGM held at his home club, Powell was surprised as new TCA President Richard Hart made the announcement and introduced him as “the man who gave me my first job in curling, pebbling ice as a kid at Avonlea.”

Powell, who also volunteers his icemaking duties for countless hours each season (and off-season) becomes the first ice technician to win the prestigious award, which boasts winners dating back to 1973 in a veritable “who’s who” of GTA curling legends.

Powell was nominated last April through the TCA’s open online nominations process conducted through Over 15 nominations were received, including Ann Pearson (Dixie), Paul Wadland (Bayview), former award winners Art Leganchuk (Bayview) and Dave Rooney (Dixie), Brian Balsdon (Granite), Sarah Gray and Andrew Gray (Whitby), Ian Jones (Brampton), JoAnn Inouye and Karen Morrison (York), Doug Crow and Paivi Liitela (Leaside), Ross Tousaw (Oakville), Bill Baker (Scarboro) and Stu Sankey (High Park).

Powell’s talents will be on display next month when Weston hosts the 2016 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, November 8-14.

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