The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame and Museum, formed under the auspices of the PEI Curling Association, is set to host its third annual induction ceremony on Monday, October 19, 2009 at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside, PEI.
Four inductees will be honoured for their outstanding contributions to the sport of curling: Annie Wanda Hunter (posthumously), Summerside, Arthur “ Art “ Burke, Charlottetown, Sharon Renner Knox, Charlottetown, and G. Allison “ Joe “ Saunders, (posthumously), Charlottetown.
The main objectives of the Curling Hall of Fame and Museum are “to recognize, honour and pay tribute to individuals or teams on the basis of playing ability, sportsmanship and character, who have achieved extraordinary distinction in the sport of curling, whether that distinction be as an amateur or a professional” and “to recognize, honour and pay tribute to those individuals who have given distinguished service and have made major contributions to the development of curling on PEI”.
“It is important that PEI curlers and builders be recognized for their achievements in their sport”, says Jerry Muzika, Chairman of the PEI Curling Hall and Museum. Muzika notes that one of the recipients, Sharon Knox, is already in the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame and says that it is appropriate that she be recognized in her home province as well.
Shirley Lank, President of the PEI Curling Association, says that she is very pleased that the Curling Hall of Fame and Museum is continuing its work to recognize curlers and builders, and invites everyone to come out and honour the inductees.
The event, with co-hosts Paul H. Schurman and JoAnne Holden, gets underway at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 each, and are available at the door, or in advancce from Stephen Marchbank at Sport PEI, 40 Burns Ave., Charlottetown, phone 368-4986, and the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, Summerside, 436-2153.
Arthur “ Art ” Burke
Art started curling in 1949, when he was ten years old. Many days, he could be found at the Charlottetown Curling Club, along with George Dillon, throwing rocks from after school until supper time.
His practising paid off. In 1957, he won the School Boys PEI Curling Championship along with third Arnold Llewellyn, second Allison Saunders, and lead Harris Dingwell.
In 1958, he again won the School Boys PEI Curling Championship with third Allison Saunders, second Doug Bell, and lead Alan Smith. They finished in the runner-up position to Northern Ontario at the national event which was held in Charlottetown that year.
With the exception of 1965, 1967, and 1968, Art appeared in every provincial men’s curling championship final game between 1959 and 1970, winning 5 titles, and being runner up 4 times.
In 1959, Art won the PEI Men’s Curling Championship, playing lead for Cliff MacDonald’s team, and in 1960 and 1961 his team was runner-up.
In 1962, he skipped his team to the PEI Men’s Curling Championship, with third Alan Smith, second Bob Dillon and lead Wayne Rhodenizer, and in 1963, his team finished in the runner-up position.
In 1964, the team was back again, this time as a winner of the PEI Men’s Curling Championship, with Art skipping, along with third Alan Smith, second Bob Dillon, and lead Stu Lavers. The Canadian Men’s Championship was held in Charlottetown that year.
In 1966, Art won the PEI Men’s Curling Championship, skipping the team of third Arnold Llewellyn, second Ralph Manning, and lead W. Temple Hooper.
In 1969, his team was runner-up.
Back again in 1970, he again won the championship, skipping the team of third George Dillon, second Joe Saunders, and lead Lorne Burke, Art’s brother.
His last provincial championship was in 1992, when he won the PEI Senior Legion Championship, curling second for Lorne Burke.
A stellar curling career spanning 35 years, with two provincial School Boys titles, five PEI men’s championships, a PEI seniors championship, and a Provincial Legion title.