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The story of Canada’s most-decorated curler Kevin Martin

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  • Todayville is proud to partner with the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame to showcase our province’s rich sports history.  We hope you enjoy this fascinating story of Canada’s most successful curler, Kevin Martin.  This video was originally produced for and showcased at Kevin’s induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

    Biography
    Kevin Martin is the most decorated curler in Canadian history. His record as a skip started in 1985 as the Junior Men’s Alberta Champion. Kevin is a three-time Olympian and double medalist, having won the gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and a silver medal in 2002. Curling was a demonstration sport when he went to his first Olympics in 1992.

    Nicknamed “the Old Bear” for his longevity in curling, Kevin is a 12-time provincial champion. He won four Canadian Brier Championship titles during his career in 1991, 1997, 2008 and 2009. He won the World Curling Championship in 2008. Kevin received the top ranking by the Canadian Curling Association from 2004 to 2008 and from 2009 to 2011.

    Kevin was instrumental in the creation and development of the Grand Slam series for world-class curlers. He won a record number of 18 Grand Slam Championships and was the first curler to win each event and achieve the “career Grand Slam.”

    Originally, the Grand Slam competition started as a Major event – the Player’s Championship. During the 2015 season, there were five events. Through the Grand Slam series, Kevin helped bring more competition, sponsorship and prize money to curling. The awareness and popularity of curling also grew from a recreational sport for a few, to a spectator sport with thousands of people attending the events and millions watching on TV.

    Kevin thrived in other forms of competition and activities. He set the benchmark as a Skins Game money winner. He also created and organized the Kevin Martin Summer Curling Academy camp for junior curlers. Since 1991, he has owned and operated his own business, Kevin’s Rocks-n-Racquets.

    After retiring as a competitor in 2014, Kevin joined Sportsnet as a colour analyst for their curling broadcasts. Kevin Martin was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in August 2014.

    The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum provides a family friendly interactive experience. Be surprised at what you will discover inside. Have fun, laugh, play together and learn about famous Alberta sports celebrities.

    Click on any of the links below to see more of these stories.

    Read more stories from Todayville. 

    Kyle Shewfelt- A look back on Canada’s most successful gymnast

    How Betty Carveth Dunn became a part of baseball history. She was in the original League of Her Own.

    Jamie Sale and David Pelletier’s rise to the top of figure skating royalty and won the hearts of millions in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake.

    Lawrence Lemieux: Danger and Sportsmanship on the High Seas.

    Jack Daines Can Take a lot of credit for building rodeo in Canada.

    The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum provides a family friendly interactive experience. It is located on the QE2 just west of Red Deer.  Be surprised at what you will discover inside. Have fun, laugh, play together and discover famous Alberta sports celebrities. Plan your birthday party, special events or corporate reception in a unique environment.

    Visit the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.


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    Alberta Woman “in a league of her own” passes away at 93

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  • Betty Carveth Dunn (nee Carveth), enshrined in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame just 2 years ago, has died.

    Betty, a member of the Rockford Peaches back in 1945, was one of just 64 Canadian women to play in Phil Wrigley’s World War II era All American Girls Professional Baseball League.   The league and in particular the Rockford Peaches were the inspiration for the Tom Hanks / Geena Davis movie A League of Their Own.

    Dunn was 93.

    The day of her induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame I was fortunate to sit down and interview Betty.  Here’s a post we made for that interview followed by her Induction video for The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

    Born in 1925, Betty Carveth grew up in Grande Prairie, Alberta and became a part of baseball history.

    Betty Carveth was one of only sixty-four Canadian women to play in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.  A right-handed pitcher, she played during the 1945 season with the Rockford Peaches and was traded mid-season to the Fort Wayne Daisies.  She returned home to Edmonton and became the city’s first female Little League Baseball coach and coached the boys for 10 years.  At the age of 12, she pitched for the Twilight Ladies Softball team which won three Peace River Championships in a row.  In the mid-1940s, she pitched for Edmonton’s top-rated Walk-Rite women’s baseball team.

    Betty played for the Walk-Rite team from 1943-1945 at the age of eighteen to twenty.  It was during this time that a scout saw her play and asked her to try out for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the United States; a league that was featured in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.”  Betty played from April to October in 1945, earning $75 a week – which was four times more than she had made as a secretary back in Edmonton.  There was a list of rules and a dress code the players had to abide to, both on and off the field.  They attended a half day of beauty school and were told to look and act like ladies, however while on the field, they were to play ball like men.  Sliding into a base or making a flying catch was not pleasant as the uniforms were short dresses, knee socks, and caps which provided very little protection.

    When the 1945 season closed, Betty returned to Edmonton and demonstrated her love for baseball by promoting and signing autographs throughout the years that followed.  She was named Ambassador of Baseball for the inaugural IBAF (International Baseball Federation) Women’s World Baseball Championship in 2004 and then named Special Ambassador in 2012.  She threw the ceremonial first pitch at both tournaments and did again in 2015 at one of the Edmonton Prospects games.

    As a member of the AAGPBL, Betty was inducted into the American Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, USA in 1988.  She was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 with the Canadian AAGPBL players.


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    Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Presents the 2019 Class of Inductees

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  • December 3, 2019

    The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame presents their 2019 Inductees; three athletes, three builders, one team and three Award recipients. These ten Albertans will have their legacies in sports preserved and celebrated by all of Alberta for generations to come. The Inductees will become official Honoured Members of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame at the Induction Banquet taking place May 31, 2019.

    The inductees include athletes who are Olympians and World Champions, builders who have dedicated endless hours to develop their sports, a team who knows the meaning of teamwork, and a pioneer who has partaken and watched his sport evolve throughout the decades. The celebration of these inductees is a show of appreciation and acknowledgement to the growth of the sports to which they have contributed and to those they continue to inspire.

    “Today, we recognize those who have inspired us through their accomplishments in sports in Alberta and throughout the world. The Class of 2019 Inductees have demonstrated their dedication, skills and commitment to their sports. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the 2019 Induction Banquet on May 31st in Red Deer.”

    – Donna Hateley, Managing Director, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

    2019 Inductees
    Kreg Llewellyn Water Skiing Athlete
    Mike Rogers Hockey Athlete
    Lyndon Rush Bobsleigh Athlete

    James Donlevy Hockey/Football Builder
    Dorothy Padget Artistic Swimming Builder
    Edward Thresher Wrestling Builder

    Randy Ferbey Curling Team
    Herman Dorin Pioneer Award, Wrestling
    George Stothart Achievement Award, Multisport A/B
    Rob Kerr Bell Memorial Award

    Click for complete bios of all inductees.

    The Induction Banquet

    The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum hosts an annual Induction banquet each year in Red Deer, Alberta. More than 600 people from across the provinces and the United States attend this gala event to honour Alberta’s great athletes, sport builders, pioneers, and media personnel.

    At this prestigious event, several extraordinary Albertans that have made an impact on sport in our province, country, and around the world are honoured. The event not only honours these great Albertans but it recognizes the importance of sport in our lives and communities.

    The next Induction Banquet will be May 31, 2019 at the Sheraton Red Deer. Since it’s inception in 1957, hundreds of Albertans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of both new Inductees and returning Honoured Members, and their lasting impact on sport in our province.

    About the Alberta Sports hall of Fame

    Since 1957, many outstanding sports people have been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. We honour Albertans who have distinguished themselves in sport and preserve and celebrate Alberta’s rich sports history for all to enjoy.

    Click here for a large selection of stories from the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in including video profiles of all of the 2018 Inductees. 

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