Summerside native has built an extensive curling resumé
SUMMERSIDE – An outstanding career by one of P.E.I.’s most successful curlers will be recognized next week.
Peter MacDonald will be inducted into the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame alongside his sister and fellow curler Kathy O’Rourke, fencing builder Lothar Zimmermann and multi-sport athlete, official and coach Gerard Smith.
The induction ceremony, which is sponsored by the P.E.I. Mutual Insurance Company, will take place at Credit Union Place in Summerside on Friday, Nov. 9. Tickets are available from Sport P.E.I., or contacting Nick Murray at (902)-393-5474.
MacDonald is one of P.E.I.’s most successful curlers, playing on five P.E.I. Tankard winners that represented the province in the Brier in 1976, 1978, 1981, 1996 and 2001. He was also the fifth player selected by five other P.E.I. champions.
MacDonald was born in Summerside, began curling at 14 and by age 16 skipped the 1973 P.E.I. junior men’s champions. Two years later, he was a member of Bill Merklinger’s P.E.I. rink at the Canada Games in Lethbridge, Alta.
MacDonald’s five Brier appearances were spread across four decades, and included four times as skip. His teams combined for a respectable 22-33 (won-lost) record over 25 years of competition.
MacDonald’s best record came in 1996 as his team, also including Grant Somers, John Postma and Rod MacDonald, recovered from an 0-3 start to finish 6-5, win a tiebreaker over Newfoundland and lose a close 7-4 decision to Quebec in the playoffs.