2023 Scholarship Committee Report
The Ray Kingsmith Award is named after the man who played a leading role in bringing curling to the Winter Olympic family. He was a tireless volunteer in administration and management roles in the sport of curling. The award honours individuals who best demonstrate a similar commitment and dedication to our sport that made Kingsmith the consummate sport executive.
If it happens on the ice or off the ice when it comes to curling in the Ottawa Valley, chances are very good that Elaine Brimicombe is involved.
Major events such as the upcoming BKT Tires & OK Tire World Men’s Curling Championship, the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials, the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier and the 2007 and 2015 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships all had Brimicombe’s touch on them, as she either chaired or vice-chaired host committees for them.
But championship events have hardly been Brimicombe’s only focus. She has volunteered countless hours at the club level in helping to organize Learn to Curl sessions for new players, particularly in the discipline of wheelchair curling. In addition to coordinating the long-running Cathy Kerr International Wheelchair Bonspiel, Brimicombe has created a plan to offer two Try It days for wheelchair curlers and one-10 week dedicated Learn to Curl for wheelchair curlers. Her current work-in-progress is a proposal to create opportunities for youth wheelchair curlers.
Brimicombe, who gives credit to family, friends and fellow volunteers in her efforts to build our sport, also has been active as a board member, including three years as Chair of the CurlON board, as well as serving on the Ontario Curling Council, the Ottawa Valley Curling Association, and her home club at the RA Centre in Ottawa.
Brimicombe also is a member of the Governor General’s Curling Club.
From the Sirc.ca
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