Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame welcomes curling officials

The Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame opened its doors to international curling officials Daryl and Linda Kirton on Saturday.

Daryl and Linda Kirton were inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Daryl and Linda Kirton were inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame opened its doors to international curling officials Daryl and Linda Kirton on Saturday, in an induction ceremony at the Legacy Building.

The husband-wife duo was honoured in the coach/builder category. They have officiated many national and international curling events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Vancouver.

“This induction is something we both can cherish,” Linda said during her acceptance speech.

Additionally, six teams and nine individuals were honoured for their outstanding accomplishments in 2011 with a plaque on the Wall of Fame, which will be displayed at the Hall for one year.

Wall of Fame teams included the Hansen Hurricanes boys wrestling, the MEI Eagles senior boys volleyball, the Mouat Hawks senior girls basketball, the Columbia Bible College men’s volleyball, the University of the Fraser Valley men’s golf, and the Abbotsford Outlaws 95A girls softball.

Individual honourees were Jake Virtanen (hockey), Joban Phulka (wrestling), Ben Ball (volleyball), Steve Marshall (volleyball), Jeremy Lieuwen (volleyball), Alexa Tielmann (water polo), Spencer Miller (rugby), Paul Ahn (rugby) and Kayli Sartori (basketball).

Jorden Best, a standout rugby player for Robert Bateman Secondary and Canada’s national youth teams, was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Imperial Paving.