Honour for McDonald

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Modesty may prevent him from comparing it to induction into Cooperstown or the corner of Yonge and Front streets, where the Hockey Hall of Fame resides in Toronto, but Toby McDonald's recent invitation to the Governor General's Curling Club can certainly be interpreted as a calling to the Hall of Fame.

"When you're invited, you're there for life so I'm very honoured," McDonald said Sunday.

McDonald's induction is planned for mid-October in Ottawa.

The prestigious Governor General's Curling Club, located at the Hunt Golf and Curling Club, has only 100 members. As members pass away, new members are invited.

Toby McDonald

Modesty may prevent him from comparing it to induction into Cooperstown or the corner of Yonge and Front streets, where the Hockey Hall of Fame resides in Toronto, but Toby McDonald's recent invitation to the Governor General's Curling Club can certainly be interpreted as a calling to the Hall of Fame.

"When you're invited, you're there for life so I'm very honoured," McDonald said Sunday.

McDonald's induction is planned for mid-October in Ottawa.

The prestigious Governor General's Curling Club, located at the Hunt Golf and Curling Club, has only 100 members. As members pass away, new members are invited.

Few make it

And consider this: in the long history of Newfoundland curling, only five from this province have been members - Harry Carter was the first followed by Bill Piercey, Frank Noseworthy, Tom Warren and Reg Caughie.

"And I've always looked up to those guys," McDonald said.

Like the Canadian Curling Association's Hall of Fame, the Governor General's Club recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to curling locally, provincially or nationally.

McDonald curled in four Briers wearing Newfoundland's colours, the most noteworthy, of course, coming in 1976 in Regina, Sask. when McDonald curled third for Jack MacDuff's championship team.

It was Newfoundland's first and only Brier win.

In addition to the Briers - he also coached and was fifth in four other Canadian men's championships - he curled in one Canadian mixed championship, a national junior championship and the Canada Games.

Brier aside, McDonald may be best known as the coach of Brad Gushue's team which won the Canadian Olympic Trials before going to win gold at the 2006 Torino Olympic Games.

Russ Howard, who curled second on that Gushue team, is also a member of the Governor General's Curling Club.

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Hunt Golf and Curling Club, Hockey Hall of Fame, McDonald's Canadian Curling Association Canada Games

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Cooperstown, Yonge Toronto Ottawa Regina Sask.

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  • Trish & Bill
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Toby, congratulations, you certainty are a deserving curler to be an invited member in the Governor General's Curling Club. What an honour.

  • Cindy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I have known Toby my entire life, what a tremendous honor for a great person. Congratulations!

  • Carl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Word today out of Ontario advises that Hon. Sylvia Fedoruk (Canadian Champion and former SASK Lieutennant Governor) and Hon. Mabel DeWare (not familiar to me, perhaps Ontario) are the first female inductees to the Governor General's Curling Club. Toby is among great company and his induction will be memorable for these additional reasons.

  • Carl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Toby doesn't need others to say how well-deserved this recognition is; despite a busy family and business, he poured countless hours into bettering the lot of the best curlers in this Province and put us on an equal footing with the best in the world despite limitations such as geography.

    Toby, piloting a handful of organizers and other athletes, attracted sponsors to the sport and brought the Al Hackners and Eddie Werenichs to St. John's annually giving our best the confidence and experience to win regularly on the national stage.

    It is great to see that our Governor General and her advisors are on top of the circumstances to make another very worthy NL selection. It is overdue for both NLCA and the Canadian Curling Association to similarly recognize worthy NL Hall of Fame nominees in waiting such as, but not limited to, Gary Oke, Kathy (O'Driscoll) Kerr, Damien Ryan, Dennis (& Mary) Byrne, Laura (Ryan) Phillips, Ralph Atwill. and Jean Blackie.

    I see it that the CCHOF and the NLCHOF recognize those deserving for their athletic, building, media coverage, or administrative accomplishments; and the Governor General's Curling Club recognize in addition those who are worthy because the sum total of their accomplishments in several of these areas causes them to stand above.

    Toby may be the Member with the youthful enthusiasm, smarts/know-how, and sense of what is right to successfully advocate to admit deserving women to the Governor General's Curling Club (I doubt you'll be able to keep the likes of Colleen Jones, Jan Betker, and Connie Laliberte out of that group for more than 10 years.

  • Trish & Bill
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Toby, congratulations, you certainty are a deserving curler to be an invited member in the Governor General's Curling Club. What an honour.

  • Cindy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    I have known Toby my entire life, what a tremendous honor for a great person. Congratulations!

  • Carl
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Word today out of Ontario advises that Hon. Sylvia Fedoruk (Canadian Champion and former SASK Lieutennant Governor) and Hon. Mabel DeWare (not familiar to me, perhaps Ontario) are the first female inductees to the Governor General's Curling Club. Toby is among great company and his induction will be memorable for these additional reasons.

  • Carl
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Toby doesn't need others to say how well-deserved this recognition is; despite a busy family and business, he poured countless hours into bettering the lot of the best curlers in this Province and put us on an equal footing with the best in the world despite limitations such as geography.

    Toby, piloting a handful of organizers and other athletes, attracted sponsors to the sport and brought the Al Hackners and Eddie Werenichs to St. John's annually giving our best the confidence and experience to win regularly on the national stage.

    It is great to see that our Governor General and her advisors are on top of the circumstances to make another very worthy NL selection. It is overdue for both NLCA and the Canadian Curling Association to similarly recognize worthy NL Hall of Fame nominees in waiting such as, but not limited to, Gary Oke, Kathy (O'Driscoll) Kerr, Damien Ryan, Dennis (& Mary) Byrne, Laura (Ryan) Phillips, Ralph Atwill. and Jean Blackie.

    I see it that the CCHOF and the NLCHOF recognize those deserving for their athletic, building, media coverage, or administrative accomplishments; and the Governor General's Curling Club recognize in addition those who are worthy because the sum total of their accomplishments in several of these areas causes them to stand above.

    Toby may be the Member with the youthful enthusiasm, smarts/know-how, and sense of what is right to successfully advocate to admit deserving women to the Governor General's Curling Club (I doubt you'll be able to keep the likes of Colleen Jones, Jan Betker, and Connie Laliberte out of that group for more than 10 years.