2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
Nominated by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity and the Canadian Curling AssociationLeader, developer, and innovator are words that aptly describe Pat Reid of Toronto. In her more than 40 years of involvement in curling as a competitor and volunteer at the club, city, provincial, national, and international levels, she has become proficient in virtually every aspect of the sport.
Reid's lengthy curling career - she has been winning titles for 32 years - has given her superior technical knowledge of rules, officiating, instructing, and coaching. Today, she coaches world-class athletes as well as beginners and is deeply involved in officiating.
First volunteering with her club, she progressed through the ranks to become a member of the board of the Canadian Curling Association (CCA), a position she held for five years. In 1992, the CCA appointed her as curling's representative to the Canadian Olympic Association, a position she continues to fill admirably, serving on six key committees.
As Canada's representative to the World Curling Federation for four years, Reid did much to create a positive image of the sport with emerging curling federations and the IOC. To assist the progress of sport ands physical education abroad, Reid was named Canada's delegate to two UNESCO conferences.
Reid was her sport's team leader to the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, where she had to assure optimum conditions for the Canadian athletes. Olympic champion skip Sandra Schmirler says Reid met expectations: "Pat did a great job Oe and for this we will always be eternally grateful. She had vision, forward thinking, and determination in getting things done on behalf of our team. Part of our gold-medal performance belongs to our support staff, of which Pat was an integral part."
Reid's outstanding contributions have earned her recognition from her club, her city, and her province. She was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of the University of Western Ontario. In 1999 the CCA inscribed her name on the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame Executive Honour Role and presented her with the Ray Kingsmith Award in recognition of her unique leadership, initiative, service, and achievements.