Community Sports Builder | Curling
Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Linda Kirton has been involved in curling for over 50 years in the community of Abbotsford. While she has many notable achievements as a curler herself, she is being inducted into the Hall of Fame in the builder category because of her accomplishments in developing the sport of curling and her status as one of the top officials in Canada.
During the 1980s, Kirton coordinated the junior curling program in Abbotsford, which then led to many other recognizable efforts. She co-chaired the 2003 Canadian Mixed Championships and also co-chaired the 2012 Canadian Seniors Curling Championship.
More recently, it is in the area of officiating that Kirton has given tremendous service to the sport of curling. In 2000, she was the head official at the Canadian Ladies Championship. In 2007-08, she was deputy umpire and deputy chief umpire at the Canadian Championships. Internationally, Kirton has been involved in World Juniors, World Men’s and International Continental Cup tournaments. She was deputy chief umpire in 2008 at the World Wheelchair Championships in Switzerland, and served as deputy chief at the Paralympics and statistician at the 2010 Olympic Games.
Kirton was recognized internationally when she was asked to give the “Officials Oath” on behalf of all officials at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver.