Cindy (Ford) Simmons 1974 -
Inducted 2014 Curling
Cindy was introduced to curling as a young child - just playing on the ice with parents Gary and Anita at the Gray Curling Club. Cindy got involved in other sports too - she was the youngest member (age 10) of the Riceton Blues Ladies ball team (with Gary coaching, Anita pitching and Atina also on the team). Then middle school provided the opportunity to play volleyball and basketball.
Competitive curling began in high school. 1987-88 there was a 16-and-under provincial championship, league play at the Callie Curling Club and in 1989 a trip to provincials (sister Atina was skip).
In 1990 their rink (Atina Ford, Darlene Kidd, Leslie Beck and Cindy) won the Pepsi Jr National Championship with Cindy receiving All-Star Lead. That spring they traveled to Glasgow, Scotland for the Worlds and returned with Bronze.
Cindy curled with Renelle Bryden (originally from Regina) in Alberta in the late 1990’s. She was attending the University of Calgary to finish her business degree.
Cindy also had success mixed curling with husband Patrick Simmons (along with Randy Gilewich and Michelle Englot) and won the 2004 Provincial Championship. She received the All-Star Lead Award at that event too! At provincials a few years later, Cindy was voted (by the players) to receive the Marj Mitchell award. In 2008 Cindy was on the Scotties Provincial Ladies Championship team and represented Saskatchewan at the Scotties in Regina. Anita was the coach! Cindy competed in the 2009 Olympic Pre-Trials but lost out. Since then Cindy has focused on career, kids and supporting Pat in his curling endeavours.