Elaine came to love curling honestly, albeit slowly. She was eight years old when her father, Lyall, skipped his Vancouver team to victory in the 1964 Brier. In the Dagg’s Kelowna household in those days, there was a “down” side to curling in that dad was often away from home on weekends. Sadly, Lyall died in 1975 of a rare auto-immune disorder at the age of 45. Happily, he was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 2000.
As a teenager, Elaine wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about curling. She was more interested in tennis, baseball, cheerleading and hanging out with her friends. She began curling in her final years in the Okanagan and her love of the sport was sparked to the next level when they moved to Victoria in 1986. She met Pat Sanders and that started Elaine thinking about serious competition.
Elaine joined Pat, Georgina Hawkes, Louise Herlinveaux and Deb Massullo as the fifth player, and the BC representatives won the Scott Tournament of Hearts (Canadian women’s curling championship) in Lethbridge and the world title in Chicago.
In the summer of 1990, Julie Sutton’s team, which included Jodi Sutton, Melissa Soligo and Karri Williams asked Elaine if she would be their coach. She accepted and the next two years, the Sutton team (with Elaine as the fifth player), won the Scotties, was the silver medalist in the 1991 world championship, and captured a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.
During her time with the Sutton team, Elaine, in consultation with her husband, Glen Jackson, decided on a career switch and left Copeland Communications to become a full-time curling coach. She went back to school and obtained her Level 3 coaching certificate. Her Level 4 qualification, equivalent to 12 university courses took 5 more years. Today, Elaine has attained her Level 5 standing, the highest possible, and is a Chartered Professional Coach.
Elaine has been a national-level coach since 2004 and has been hired by the Japanese (1994-2000) and (South) Korean (2001-2004) national women’s teams. Besides Albertville, Elaine coached Olympic curling teams in Nagano, Turin, Vancouver and Sochi.
In 2009, Elaine won the Coaching Association of BC’s International Coach of the Year Award and in 2012 the Joan Mead Builders Award. Since 1982, Elaine, Glen, daughter Stephanie and son Cal spend a huge portion of their time running summer curling camps in Kelowna and Parksville. It’s their way of paying back and investing in the sport they love. For Elaine, it’s also a way to share her good fortune that a lifetime commitment to curling has provided.
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Ed was coaching gymnastics at the Victoria YMCA IN 1964 when Art Burgess asked him if he could help by coaching wrestling as well. That conversation turned into a 52-plus year involvement with the sport of wrestling. Ed’s dedication to wrestling led Victoria to become a powerhouse in the late 1960s and into the '70s. Some of Canada’s best wrestlers at that time had their start in the wrestling room at the Y.
In 1969, Ed coached Canadian Wrestlers at the first Junior World Championship held in Boulder, Colorado. Taras Hryb won the bronze medal at that event and become the first Canadian to win a medal at a Wrestling World Championship since the Berlin Olympics in 1936. After that event, wrestlers who have had their start with Ed have won a number of World Championship, Commonwealth and Pan American Games medals, including Clark Davies, 1981 World Senior Silver Medalist.
The quality of wrestlers that were coached by Ed in those days was amazing. Ironically, there was no wrestling program at the University of Victoria and so many outstanding athletes went to UBC where they excelled. In one year, five wrestlers from Ed’s program all won gold at the CIAU championships and secured the team title for UBC.
In those early years, Ed also became involved as a wrestling official. Nationally he officiated at many Canadian Championships in the early '70s, and he represented Canada as an international FILA official in Mexico City and in Santa Domingo.
Ed continued to coach junior and senior high wrestlers in the '80s and his involvement with the sport continues to this day. Ed chaired the Organizing Committee for the BC High School Championships in 1969 and 1994, the 1997 North American Indigenous Games, and two BC Summer Games in Victoria and in Nanaimo. In addition he was the Assistant Technical Director for wrestling at the 1993 Commonwealth Championships and the 1994 Commonwealth Games.
More than five decades later and now over 80 years old, Ed is still coaching. After his retirement from teaching, he continued to coach at the club he started, the Victoria Commonwealth Bulldogs. Recently Ed was honoured as one of the original coaches at the first BC High School Wrestling Championship in 1965, but the real news was that he was still actively coaching at the 2015 event.
When Ed goes to coach at a school, he not only coaches wrestling -- he also instils a holistic approach to sport with an emphasis on proper mental preparation, nutrition, character development and sportsmanship.
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