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Long-time curling competitor, coach, instructor and official Pat Bibby will be feted by the Canadian Curling Association next month when she receives an Achievement Award for all of her contributions to the sport. Bibby's name was put forward by the Saskatchewan Curling Association to acknowledge all of her hard work at both the club and provincial levels.
Surprises often come in the form of wonderful news and for Pat Bibby her surprise phone call earlier this week certainly falls into that category.
Bibby was notified on Wednesday that she is to receive the Canadian Curling Associationâs Award of Achievement when the Saskatchewan Curling Association convenes for its annual general meeting in Saskatoon next month.
âWhen you work with good people and do something you love to do, itâs an honour,â says Bibby.
Being selected for the prestigious award really shouldnât come as too much of a surprise as Bibby has been involved in the sport of curling in Prince Albert for a long time.
As a competitor, Bibby has curled in the womenâs and mixed regional and northern events, intermediate, senior and master provincials and the teacherâs northerns and provincials.
Bibby is a Level II official and has worked at every major event held at the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club since 1984, but her biggest contribution to the sport, however, is as an instructor.
For 30 years Bibby has been giving lessons to beginner and intermediate curlers along with providing adult learn-to-curl sessions. She has also been one of the lead instructors at the SCAâs Prairieland Curling Summer Camp since 1995.
Bibby, who is a certified Level III coach, is a provincial facilitator for coaching and travels around the province conducting clinics at various locations and also coaches womenâs teams at the northern playdowns.
If that isnât enough, Bibby has served several terms on the curling clubâs board of directors along with having held every position on the Business Girlâs Curling Club executive.
A former Prince Albert Sportswoman of the Year and a member of the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame, Bibby continues to compete in the Conexus Rural Curling League in addition to providing instruction to members of the High Noon Optimist Junior Curling League.
Although the award is for everything she has achieved, Bibby has no intention of leaving the sport anytime soon. Curlers at all levels are thankful for that.