by Evelyn Whitney
Steve Vance was a well known curler in Manitoba… He was active in the Canadian Legion curling winning the provincial championship four times and the National title twice. He was an honorary life member of the MCA. He was the 14th winner of the Bill Lumsden Memorial Award in 1996 at the age of 85.
He claims to of started curling at the age of 9 in Spy Hill, Sask, and was a charter member of the Charleswood Curling Club. In 1962 He with his son-in-law Vic Whitney, Bill T & John D. won the New York Life trophy in the MCA bonspiel…same trophy that had disappeared for years, no on knows where, and had been won 50 years previous by a team of his greaat-uncles from Neepawa, MB, John, with James, Wil Vance and a brother-in-law.
Now keeping up the family tradition are two of his Great Granddaughters Ava (15) shown 2nd from right in ist photo…winning the PEI Provincial 2013 18 and under. Going on to compete in the International Optimist Event in BC, curling against teams from China, US, and other provinces. Elly center 2nd photo won the PEI 2013 13 and under Provincials, they had no further playdowns.
Both these girls started curling at 9 years old In Nanaimo, BC. The coach there was formerly from Charleswood and had learned the game with Steve. Both girls loved and respected their great-granddad and we wish them future success.