Ian Gray – Athlete
Ian Gray was born in Banchory, Scotland on September 5, 1910 and three years later his family came to Canada to settle in Winnipeg.
Shortly after moving to Prince Albert in 1936, Ian took up the sport of curling and he was a driving force on the local scene almost immediately. A founding member of the Prince Albert Curling Club, Ian served as that group’s second president in 1945 and again the following year. Ian is also a past president of the Senior Men’s Curling Club in addition to seeing on numerous committees over the years.
Ian has had several memorable moments as a competitor including skipping a rink that scored an eight‑ender during the 1956 Prince Albert Men’s Bonspiel. Ian was also the only member to be a part of Ducky Pond’s two provincial senior curling championships in 1966 and ’67. Ian threw lead rocks in 1966 and third stones in ’67 as Saskatchewan recorded identical 6‑4 records at the national events held in Winnipeg and Montreal, respectively.
Ian retired from curling shortly after the 1967 national championship, but he continued with his other passion ‑ golf. A member of the Prince Albert Golf Club since 1950, Ian has enjoyed golf year‑round since the early 1970s when he and his wife Phyl began spending their winters in Mesa, Arizona. Ian has recorded 11 hole‑in‑ones over the years and has golfed his age as recently as 1994 when he was 84.
A strong community spirit, Ian has been president of the Prince Albert Cosmopolitan Club as well as governor for Cosmopolitan Western Canada International. Ian is also a life member with the Masonic and Elks Lodges.
The Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame is proud to acknowledge Ian for his accomplishments by including him in the athlete and builder categories of the local shrine.
Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.