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When Kerry Burtnyk started his curling career, he just wanted to have fun. His parents were involved in the activity and one of his friends was also looking at joining at the Assiniboine Curling Club in Winnipeg.

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When Kerry Burtnyk started his curling career, he just wanted to have fun. His parents were involved in the activity and one of his friends was also looking at joining at the Assiniboine Curling Club in Winnipeg.

Since then, Burtnyk has appeared at five Briers, winning in 1981 and 1995, won the world championship in 1995 in Brandon, was runner-up at the 2002 Roar of the Rings and now he can add Hall-of-Fame inductee to his resume.

Burtnyk, who was born in Reston and lived in Tilston and Glenboro before leaving the Westman area, will be inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday in Winnipeg.

File photo Kerry Burtnyk is being inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.

“It certainly is quite an honour,” Burtnyk said. “I was quite pleased to hear about it. …(Having a curler in the Sports Hall of Fame) certainly isn’t something you would have typically thought about, especially some time ago. Curling has become more of a mainstream sport now than it was when I started. It’s not something that happens very often, so it’s quite an honour.”

Burtnyk is the eighth curler to join the hall. He will be inducted along with former Winnipeg Blue Bomber punter Bob Cameron, former Bomber Glenn McWhinney, the 1967 Winnipeg mixed five-pin bowling team, the 1975-76 University of Manitoba men’s basketball team and Joe Wiwchar in the builder’s category.

The 52-year-old Burtnyk is looking forward to spending time with the other inductees.

“I’m looking forward to having a chance to talk to the other inductees and just be able to share it with my friends and family,” he said. “It will be quite an honour.”

Despite all his success in the roaring game, Burtnyk decided last year to quit competitive curling. He said he won’t go back on the competitive circuit, but left the door open to playing recreationally in the future.

Although he’s no longer on the ice, Burtnyk can still be found at curling rinks. His daughters, Rachel and Laura, are junior curlers and Burtnyk is behind the glass playing the role of a supportive father. However, he admits that it is a lot more difficult to watch his daughters play the game he loves at a high level than it ever was when he sat in the hack.

“It’s much more nerve-wracking to watch,” he said. “When you’re playing you can do something about it. Standing up behind the glass watching as they play is very difficult at times.”

EXTRA ENDS: Carberry’s Braden Calvert and Brandon’s Brett Fitzmaurice are both gunning for a berth in the provincial junior men’s championship at a berth bonspiel in Morden this weekend. Brandon’s Janelle Vachon and Minnedosa’s Jennifer Curle will compete for a spot in the junior women’s provincials at a berth bonspiel in Ste. Anne … Pilot Mound’s Curtis McCannell, Dauphin’s Dwight Bottrell, Brandon’s Brian Fowler, Jim Renwick and Barry Rabe, Deloraine’s Dean Laval and Murray Warren, Hamiota’s Brent Strachan and Neepawa’s Kelly Robertson are playing in the McDiarmid Lumber Senior Men’s Bonspiel in Winnipeg, where a berth at the Strathcona Senior Men’s Provincial Championship is on the line … Killarney is hosting its Shamrock Shaker bonspiel, which is for men’s and women’s teams, this weekend … The 2012 Capital One Canada Cup of Curling has been awarded to Moose Jaw, Sask. The winners of that event earn a direct berth into the 2013 Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg.

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