1989, Lionel Stokes (Curling)

lstokesLionel Stokes was inducted to the Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in the sport of curling.

Lionel began curling on his high school team in Alberta and in 1959 he moved to the Yukon and continued to curl. Until 1975 the only way the Yukon could enter the Canadian Curling Championship Playdowns was by qualifying at the BC Interior Playdowns. Lionel competed in these playdowns ten times from 1960 to 1974 as lead skip. Through this experience he became a renowned team player, good sport and dedicated curling organizer. In 1975 Yukon and North West Territories were granted entry to the Canadian Championships. Lionel curled at these Championships in 1975 as lead and 1977 as second. In 1977 Lionel was voted All-Star Second at the Canadian Brier. In 1973 and 1974 Lionel and his team toured Europe on a goodwill curling marathon that was successful in gaining Yukon and Canadian recognition worldwide. Another highlight of Lionel’s curling career was his team’s win at the 1981 Peace Country Curling Classic.

In addition to his athletic ability, Lionel spent many years serving curling committees, organizing curling events and he also initiated the Bert Boyd Memorial Trophy.