Julie Sutton rink

In the early 90's, five young Victoria women playing out of the Juan de Fuca Curling Club put themselves, and Canada, solidly on the world curling map. Twin sisters Jodie and Julie Sutton had first gained prominence as Canadian Jr. champs in 1986. In 1991, with Julie skipping, Jodie playing third, Melissa Soligo as second, Karrie Wilms as lead, and Elaine Dagg-Jackson as alternate. The team spent months working out, and it paid off; the Sutton rink won the '91 Canadian Championships, and then a month later at the Worlds, they brought home silver. Then it was on to the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, where curling was a demonstration sport. They won the bronze, but their teamwork and determination helped persuade the IOC to add curling to the official sport roster starting with the '94 Olympics. Days later, despite being exhausted, the Sutton rink managed to win the silver medal at the 1992 Canadian Championships.

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SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Victoria enjoys a stellar sports history and we celebrate the many athletes, teams and builders who have contributed to that history.  Our displays are seen at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (1925 Blanshard St.)  through Gate Three.

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