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Albert Adam "Ab" "Spats" Gowanlock (December 14, 1900 - September 27, 1988)

Inducted 1984

Albert Adam "Ab" Gowanlock got his first taste of competitive curling when his brother joined the army in 1916, thus opening a spot for the fifteen year old Gowanlock on one of Glenboro's better rinks. He was in many curling battles and won many wars since then.

During his competitive years, Gowanlock twice won the Canadian Brier. He was the first skip from rural Manitoba to win the title and was the only person to have twice done so. In typical Gowanlock style, the honours were spread around. In 1938, his rink of E.C. "Bung" Cartmell and brothers Bill and Tom McKnight brought the title home to Glenboro after an undefeated record at the Brier held in Toronto. In 1953, Gowanlock's rink of Jim Williams, Art Pollon, and Russ Jackman lost two games at the Brier in Sudbury, entered the playoffs, defeated Quebec in the final, and brought the award back to Dauphin. Along with his two Manitoba and Canadian titles, Gowanlock won the grand aggregate of the Manitoba Curling Association (M.C.A.) Bonspiel on four occasions in 1934, 1935, 1938, and 1956. One of these four was a "curler's dream", an eight-ender, scored at his first bonspiel. He curled in 57 consecutive M.C.A. Bonspiels and won 24 trophies, 21 of them as a Skip.

Gowanlock also served as president of the Glenboro and Dauphin Curling Clubs, two terms as vice-president of the M.C.A., and is a life member of all three. He is also a member of the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame. Gowanlock stayed in tune with the game as he attended several Tankard, Brier, and Silver Broom events and still curled on occasion. In 1982, when he was asked to throw the honourary opening rock at the Brier held in Brandon, Gowanlock brought back a touch of the past when he wore that piece of apparel from which his nickname was derived: "Spats".

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Ab Gowanlock's Acceptance Speech