Clarence ‘Shorty’ Jenkins inducted into World Curling Hall of Fame

  • Kitty Jenkins celebrates her father's Hall of Fame induction © WCF / Richard Gray

Clarence ‘Shorty’ Jenkins, one of curling’s finest ice-makers has been inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame, posthumously, as a builder.

His daughter Kitty Jenkins received the accolade at the Orleans Aren, in Las Vegas, United States at the 361º World Men’s Curling Championship 2018.

Jenkins, was an unforgettable character, with his pink cowboy hat, boots and jacket, but, he was also known for his determination and dedication to improving and understanding curling ice. Without his work the quality of elite curling ice would not be what it is today.

He poured countless hours into understanding the ice temperatures and how the stones reacted to differences in the ice surface and he refined techniques for pebbling and cutting. It is also believed that he was the first to time how fast stones moved along the ice – something that athletes and officials do widely today. Also, to ensure the high standards he set he delivered many courses all over the world.

He was born in Alberta, Canada, but it was in Trenton, Ontario where his pursuit of ice-making began, after he convinced the local curling club to let him make their ice. On 11 April 2013, he passed away at the age of 77.

World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “Shorty was a great innovator when it comes to the first-class ice that we have at our events worldwide today and, perhaps his greatest legacy is all the athletes and officials that you see across the globe, with stopwatches timing the speed of their stones – a practice he pioneered.

“Shorty exemplified The Spirit of Curling and is a thoroughly deserving winner of this accolade, for his absolute dedication to improving and understanding curling ice.”

Members of the World Curling Federation Hall of Fame are inducted either as ‘curlers’ or ‘builders’. A ‘builder’, the category which Jenkins is inducted under, is someone who has given distinguished service and has made a major contribution to the development and advancement of curling internationally.

The Hall of Fame, which is described as “the highest ‘non-playing’ honour that the World Curling Federation can bestow”. Its inductees are recognized for outstanding achievements and contributions to World Curling.

Prior to 2012, the World Curling Federation awarded the World Curling Freytag Award, named after the late Elmer Freytag of the United States Curling Association – who has also been inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2018. Freytag who was a founding member of the International Curling Federation (now the World Curling Federation).

For more information on the World Curling Hall of Fame, go to: www.worldcurling.org/world-curling-hall-of-fame

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