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1984 Connie Laliberte Team

Inducted 1984

1984 Laliberte Ladies’ Curling Team Roster:

Corinne Laliberte, Second (at left), Janet Arnott, Lead (at back), Connie Laliberte, Skip (in front), and Chris (Pidzarko-More) Scalena, Third (at right).

Connie Laliberte and her team mates Chris (Pidzarko- More) Scalena, Corinne Laliberte, and Janet Laliberte-Arnott achieved much in a very short period of time. It was their collective effort during the 1983- 84 curling season which earned them the Hall of Fame nomination. Skipped by Connie Laliberte, the team swept through every challenge it faced, won its district in December, the Manitoba championship in February, the Canadian final less than one month later, and the world title in Perth, Scotland, at the end of March, and in the process became the first Manitoban and only second Canadian team to do so.

Just eighteen months after she was introduced to broom and stone, Laliberte earned her first provincial title in 1976 when she played lead for Patti Vande. She repeated that feat the following year and was a runner-up in 1979 as a third for Laura Rance. In 1980, Laliberte, as lead for Donna Brownridge, added a third provincial title to her collection. The following year, Laliberte skipped her own team, which included her twin sister Corinne and older sister Janet, and qualified for the provincial championship, a feat which she repeated from 1982-84. If Laliberte provided youthful exuberance and undeniable athletic talent, it was Scalena who added depth and experience. Although 1984 marked her first world title, it was her fourth Canadian championship and sixth provincial title.

Altogether, this is a stunning aggregate of achievement but all these tributes must include Jean Laliberte as well, for it was she - with a little help from husband Gus - who produced three-quarters of the team and introduced her daughters to the curling rink. Connie Laliberte, who possesses one of the most admired and copied curling slides in the world, and her sisters Corinne and Janet, all learned their craft from their mother who is a Curl Canada instructor

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