Atina (Ford) Johnston
Inducted 2014 Curling
Atina was involved in many sports growing up in Gray; figure skating, hockey, fastball and curling. She played fastball with her mother (Anita) and sister (Cindy) with her dad (Gary) as coach. Atina also played in the 1997 Western Canadian Fastball Championship with the 306's. However it was curling where she excelled.
In 1990 she skipped the Canadian Junior Curling Champions and received the Marg Mitchell Sportsmanship Award that same year. This team advanced to the 1991 World Junior Curling Championship in Glasgow, Scotland and they were proud to bring home the Bronze Medal.
Her senior curling career included two exciting seasons in 1997 and 1998 as she was part of the team (with Sandra Schmirler) that won the Canadian and World Curling Championships and advanced to the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. The team was victorious and brought home the first ever Gold Medal awarded in Women’s Curling. Atina skipped her own rink in 1999 and was a SK Provincial semi-finalist. Atina moved to Sherwood Park AB in 2001 and has continued to curl. She participated in the Alberta Provincials each of 2003-2007.
1990 Canadian Junior Curling Champion (skip)
1991 World Junior Bronze Medalist (skip)
1997 Canadian Curling Champion (skip Sandra Schmirler)
1997 World Curling Champion (skip Sandra Schmirler)
1998 Olympic Gold Medalist (skip Sandra Schmirler)
1999 Saskatchewan Provincial Semi-finalist (skip)