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PARALYMPIC CURLING // CERTIFICATIONS Level I Ice Tech


Marc Deperno presents Elaine Smith Nevin with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her late husband, Wes Smith, who competed at three World Wheelchair Championships and the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games for Team USA.


Athletes honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards


By Marc Deperno, National Wheelchair Outreach & Development Program Director


recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tis award recognizes individuals for their ex- ceptional contribution, dedication and develop- ment to the Paralympic sport of curling. Wes was a three-time national team member


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(2002, 2004, 2006). He participated in the first- ever World Wheelchair Curling Championship, which was held in Sursee, Switzerland in 2002. He was also a member of the 2006 Paralympic Team, which was historic as it marked the first- time that wheelchair curling was recognized as a Paralympic medal sport. Wes was a member of the Belfast (Maine) Curling Club and was instru- mental with the initial promotion of the sport of wheelchair curling throughout the country. Te award was given to Elaine Smith Nevin,


Smith’s widow, on Aug. 31 in New Hartford, N.Y. When I informed Elaine that Wes had been se- lected, she indicated that she had plans to travel north in August (she currently resides in Florida)


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he U.S. wheelchair curling program has selected the late Weston “Wes” Smith and James Pierce as this year’s


Wes Smith, James Pierce made impact on wheelchair curling


and wanted to stop by Sitrin to catch up with myself and Wes’ former teammates/competi- tors, Bob Prenoveau and Mark Taylor. As a re- sult, I presented her with a framed certificate and small, wooden curling stone as awards. James Pierce was a seven-time national team


member (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and two-time Paralympian (2006, 2010). He was a member of the 2008 National Team that won bronze at the World Championship – the only U.S. team to ever medal at the World Cham- pionship. Pierce curled out of the Utica Curling Club. He was informed of his selection on Sept. 24


during the U.S. Wheelchair Curling Pre-Trials/ Bonspiel. While Jim was not in attendance for this event (he resides in Arizona), we conducted a conference call to present him with the news. Q


Ronald Branch, Vikingland Curling Club Jordan Brown, Four Seasons Curling Club Wade Christiansen, Aberdeen Curling Club Richard Flesvig, Itasca Curling Club Gerard Gourde, Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club Jason Haakenson, Sioux Falls Curling Club Mike Hess, Waltham Curling Club Dave Jamros, Windy City Curling Club John Kilpatrick, Itasca Curling Club Jason Kraus, Duluth Curling Club Daniel Krupp, Green Bay Curling Club Allen Lawson, Green Bay Curling Club Michael McEniry, Owatonna Curling Club Mitch Mertens, Medford Curling Club Dave Mount, Two Harbors Curling Club Brian Netzer, Cambridge Competitive CC Chris Pearson, Cambridge Competitive CC Tom Poppitz, Cambridge Competitive CC Joe Roberts, Hibbing Curling Club Erik Scott , Itasca Curling Club Don Sitter, Two Harbors Curling Club Paul Sjodin, Cambridge Competitive CC Adam Sprengeler, Aberdeen Curling Club Erich Strehlke, Chaska Curling Center Brad Swanson, Cambridge Competitive CC John Tryon, Orange County Curling Club Evan Workin, Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club Joe Zezel, Hibbing Curling Club Level II Ice Tech


Quentin Way, Denver Curling Club


// EIGHT-ENDERS St. Paul


Te Clark rink scored an eight-ender on


May 21, 2016, during the St. Paul Summerspiel (Minn.). Te rink consisted of Christon Clark, Paull Ellarby, Tim Doherty, and Stacey MacNeil. San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club


On June 3, 2016, the Walsh rink managed to


steal an eight-ender during the final end of their league game at San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club (Calif.). Team members included Tom Dias, Sarah Walsh, Emily Schermerhorn, and Ralston Barnes.


Pardeeville Te Rohrbeck rink scored an eight-ender on


March 24, 2016, at the Pardeeville Curling Club (Wis.). Team members included Shannon Rohr- beck, Joshua Heitke, Travis Kluge, and Apollo Marquez.


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