Torger Nergård wins Collie Campbell Memorial Award 2010

Torger Nergård, skip of the Norwegian men’s team, has won the 2010 Collie Campbell Memorial Award. Nergård was presented the award by Ivo Lorenzi, past president of the Cortina Curling Association, at the closing ceremony of the Capital One World Men’s Curling Championship in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

The Collie Campbell Memorial Award is presented to the curler at the World Championships who ‘by deed and action in the course of their performance, best exemplified the traditional curling values of skill, honesty, fair play, friendship and sportsmanship.’ It is the athletes taking part in the championship who nominate a candidate to receive the award.

At the age of 35, Torger Nergård has curled since 1979. He has two winter Olympic medals to his name. Silver from this year’s event in Vancouver where he played third on the Norwegian team and gold from Salt Lake when he was alternate on Pål Trulsen’s team.

At this year’s world championship in Cortina he stepped in to replace Thomas Ulsrud as skip of the Norwegian team, as Ulsrud had to return home for family reasons. The silver medal he has won at this event marks his best performance at World Championship level.

The Collie Campbell Memorial Award was created in honour of Canadian Collie Campbell who served as President of the International Curling Federation (later renamed the World Curling Federation) from 1969 to his death in 1978. For a list a previous recipients visit: http://www.worldcurling.org/collie-campbell-memorial-award