Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award

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Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award
Award details
Sport Curling
Competition Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Given for The player that most exemplified sportsmanship and dedication to curling during the annual Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
History
First award 1982
First winner Ontario Carol Thompson
Most wins Ontario Alison Goring (3)
Saskatchewan Sherry Anderson (3)
Most recent Northwest Territories Kerry Galusha

The Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award is the sportsmanship award at the annual Scotties Tournament of Hearts, held to crown the Canadian women's curling championship.[1] When Scott Paper took over sponsorship of the Canadian Women's Curling Championship in 1982, they decided to present an annual award for sportsmanship. From 1982 to 1997, the award had a different name each year, as the convention was to name the annual award after an individual from the host region who exemplified sportsmanship and dedication to curling.[1] In 1998, the decision was made to honour Marj Mitchell each year. Mitchell curled for Saskatchewan and captured the national and world championships in 1982.[1] Mitchell died of cancer in 1983.

Scotties Tournament of Hearts Sportsmanship Award winners prior to 1998[edit]

Prior to 1998, the Sportsmanship award at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts was named after a notable individual in the curling community where the tournament was held that year.

Year Player Team Award Name
1982 Carol Thompson  Ontario Joyce McKee Award
1983 Penny LaRocque  Nova Scotia Ina Hansen Award
1984 Yvonne Smith  Ontario Elizabeth MacDonald Award
1985 Cathy Dillon  Prince Edward Island Lura McLuckie Award
1986 Mabel Thompson  Alberta Jo Wallace Award
1987 Kim Duck  Ontario Myrna McQuarrie Award
1988 Mary Baird  Nova Scotia Caroline Ball Award
1989 Heidi Hanlon  New Brunswick Sylvia Fedoruk Award
1990 Jackie-Rae Greening  Alberta Lee Tobin Award
1991 Alison Goring  Canada Vera Pezer Award
1992 Heidi Hanlon  New Brunswick Joyce Myers Award
1993 Laurie Allen  Canada Mabel Mitchell Award
1994 Patti McKnight  Ontario Effie Hezzelwood Award
1995 Alison Goring  Ontario Bob Stewart Award
1996 Stephanie Marchand  Quebec Arline Wilson Award
1997 Alison Goring  Ontario Diana Doe Award

Winners of the Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award[edit]

Starting in 1998, the Sportsmanship Award at the annual Scotties Tournament of Hearts was permanently renamed the Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award in honour of Mitchell, a Saskatchewan curler who died of cancer in 1983.

Year Player Team
1998 Anne Merklinger  Ontario
1999 Jane Arseneau  New Brunswick
2000 Anne Merklinger  Ontario
2001 Jane Arseneau  New Brunswick
2002 Meredith Doyle  Nova Scotia
2003 Anne Dunn  Ontario
2004 Sherry Anderson  Saskatchewan
2005 Stefanie Richard  Prince Edward Island
2006 Kelly Scott  British Columbia
2007 Stefanie Clark  Prince Edward Island
2008 Stefanie Clark  Prince Edward Island
2009 Cori Bartel  Alberta
2010 Kelly Scott  British Columbia
2011 Cathy Overton-Clapham[2]  Manitoba
2012 Amanda Gates[3]  Ontario
2013 Sasha Carter[4]  British Columbia
2014 Sherry Anderson  Saskatchewan
2015 Sherry Anderson[5]  Saskatchewan
2016 Ashley Howard  Saskatchewan
2017 Kerry Galusha  Northwest Territories

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