April 8, 2012
Sean Becker, third on the New Zealand men’s team has won the 2012 World Curling Federation Collie Campbell Memorial Award.
Becker was selected for the award by fellow players at this year’s World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland. All participants at the Championship were invited to nominate a fellow competitor who, in their view, best exemplified the traditional values of skill, honesty, fair play, sportsmanship and friendship during the event.
Becker and his team finished fifth at the 2012 event – the best ever finish for a New Zealand team at this level of international curling.
36 year old Becker from Ranfurly, Otago has been curling since 1991. He is a four-time Pacific Champion (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004). He skipped the New Zealand squad at the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games finishing 10th. Playing with his sister Bridget, Sean won the Silver medal at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in 2010 in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Chief Umpire Alan Stanfield made the presentation of the 2012 award to Sean Becker during the closing ceremony. He also won the award in 1999 and 2004, and is the first curler to win it for a third time.
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 past winners of the Award visit:
WATCH the World Curling TV report about Team New Zealand at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2012 in Basel