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Hi, I’m from Thornhill, Ontario

A retired Electrical Contractor, I have curled out of the Thornhill Golf and Country Club since 1967 during which time I have served on various committees, was a long time member of the Board of Directors and President in 1995-96. Instrumental in bringing about changes to the Club's membership policies, the new seasonal sports membership has allowed curling to flourish as one of the ongoing sports programs.

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First introduced to the game in the early sixties, it became somewhat of a passion which resulted in some success on the competitive trail with a win at the 1971 Ontario Curling Association Governor General's Double Rink Provincial Championships, runner-up in a Provincial Seniors and two Provincial Masters, the Beacon Trophy-Intermediates in 1984 and the Investors Seniors in 1984 Canada Life/Investors Group city-wide competition. Blessed with great team members, we won the Club Championship 6 times and countless bonspiels throughout the Toronto area.
Out of the Club, I have served as a Director with the Ontario Curling Association and as President of the Toronto Curling Association, founded the Sun Life Junior Bonspiel of Ontario, which, in its inaugural year, was won by Glenn Howard and Alison Goring. My wife Rosalind and I had the pleasure of escorting the winning team on a curling tour to Scotland as the main prize. Through the years this competition has gained an enviable reputation and is now considered the premiere junior event in Ontario with the main prize being trips to Switzerland.
During my tenure on the TCA Committee, I was also instrumental, in 1994, in introducing the Sunshine Bonspiel featuring teams of business ladies, ladies, mixed and men who gained entry through qualifying bonspiels with the top prize a trip to Florida. Given the shifting demographics there seemed also to be a need for some competition for the aging set-70+, and so with the help of a working committee I was able to introduce a Masters League which has now turned into an OCA Grand Masters Championship event sponsored by Diversicare, with the finals being played at Thornhill.
Curling has been a great companion and I have had the good fortune to play with some super teammates. On reflection, it occurs to me that winning gives lasting memories but contributing to the enjoyment of others in the sport is a most rewarding experience.


Email: austinpalmer@rogers.com

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