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Fort Macleod Curling Club presents life membership

YVONNE MEDEMA, GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR

The Fort Macleod Curling Club held its spring annual general meeting on Friday.

At this event, president Sherri Zoeteman introduced the club’s newest life member, Cathy Park. 

Park started curling in 1966 in the F.P. Walshe high school league. She remembers having to beat Doug Chilton’s team for the high school trophy.

Park took some time off to raise a family and in 1974 she joined the Fort Macleod Ladies League.

In 1975 Park took on the role of president of the Fort Macleod Ladies League; that same year she was on the organizing committee for the Seagram’s Mixed Curling Playdowns.

Park played many roles in the club over the years, including curling instructor and coach of the high school curling team, draw master for the ladies bonspiels and mixed bonspiels.

She also ran the Town and Country League, as well as the concession with her mom Helen Buzunis for the men’s bonspiel when there were 60-plus teams in the late 1960s and ’70s.

Park was president of the Fort Macleod Curling Club as well as the historian for the Fort Macleod Curling Club‘s 125th anniversary last fall. 

Curling highlights for Park were winning Southern Alberta Women’s Curling playdowns twice, as well as winning the Lethbridge Ladies Bonspiel A event two years in a row.

The bonspiel Park cherishes the most was a Fort Macleod Ladies Bonspiel.  She won her dad’s (George Buzunis) Westerner Trophy for the A event, and her team won four sweaters which her mom Helen had knit with a broken wrist for the A event winners. It was pretty exciting for Cathy that she and her team won them.

Cathy Park was a mentor to many ladies in the curling club over the years.  She took the time to teach the game and take a lot of young ladies to bonspiels all over the south.  She was competitive but was very humble and gracious on and off the ice. 

Congratulations to Cathy Park for becoming Fort Macleod Curling Club’s newest life member.

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