LAS VEGAS — Clarence (Shorty) Jenkins, one of curling’s finest ice-makers, has been inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame, posthumously, as a builder.
His daughter Kitty Jenkins received the accolade this week at the Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas, at the 361º World Men’s Curling Championship 2018.
Jenkins was inducted into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame last year.
Jenkins, was an unforgettable character, with his trademark pink cowboy hat, boots and jacket, but, he was also known for his determination and dedication to improving and understanding curling ice. Without his work the quality of elite curling ice would not be what it is today.
He poured countless hours into understanding the ice temperatures and how the stones reacted to differences in the ice surface and he refined techniques for pebbling and cutting. It is also believed that he was the first to time how fast stones moved along the ice — something that athletes and officials do widely today. Also, to ensure the high standards he set, he delivered many courses and seminars all over the world.
He was born in Alberta, but it was in Trenton where Jenkins’ pursuit of ice-making began, after he convinced the local curling club to let him make their ice. He died five years ago at the age of 77.
World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said:
“Shorty was a great innovator when it comes to the first-class ice that we have at our events worldwide today and perhaps his greatest legacy is all the athletes and officials who you see across the globe, with stopwatches timing the speed of their stones — a practice he pioneered.
"Shorty exemplified the spirit of curling and is a thoroughly deserving winner of this accolade, for his absolute dedication to improving and understanding curling ice.”
Members of the World Curling Federation Hall of Fame are inducted either as curlers or builders. The builders category, in which Jenkins is inducted, is reserved for an individual who has given distinguished service and has made a major contribution to the development and advancement of curling internationally.
The Hall of Fame is regarded as the highest ‘non-playing’ honour that the World Curling Federation can bestow. Its inductees are recognized for outstanding achievements and contributions to World Curling.
Prior to 2012, the World Curling Federation awarded the World Curling Freytag Award, named after the late Elmer Freytag of the U.S. Curling Association — who was also inducted into the Hall of Fame this week. Freytag was a founding member of the International Curling Federation (now the World Curling Federation).
• From: worldcurling.org