Crystal Frisk 1941 -
Inducted 2005 Curling (information updated October 2021)
1959-1962 Maple Creek Ladies
1963-1977 Prince Albert Business Girls - advanced to northern ladies playdowns 1972, 1973 and 1977
1978-2016 Member of the Highland, Tartan, Callie in Regina, Kronau Super League and Balgonie Super League.
SASK PROVINCIAL competed in 37 (Women's, Intermediate, Seniors, Mixed and Masters). This list just includes the Saskatchewan championships.
1977 Women's Champion
1988 Intermediate Women's Champion (no Nationals)
1995 Intermediate Women's Champion (no Nationals)
1997 Senior Women's Champion
1998 Senior Women's Champion
2004 Senior Women's Champion
2005 Senior Women's Champion
2006 Senior Women's Champion
1977 McDonald Lassie Canadian Championship (Halifax NS)
1997 CIBC Senior Canadian (Thornhill ON) Bronze - All Star Skip of Second Team and Sportsmanship Award
1998 CIBC Senior Canadian (Sault Ste. Marie ON)
2004 Price Watchers Senior Canadian (Vernon BC)
2005 Senior Canadian (East St. Paul MB)
2006 Senior Canadian (Summerside PEI)
Certified Level 2 Coach
Level 3 Technical
1996 Evelyn Krahn Award Sportsmanship and Curling Excellence
1997 Evelyn Krahn Award Sportsmanship and Curling Excellence
1998 CIBC Sr Canadian Championship- All Star Skip Second Team
1998 CIBC Sr Canadian Championship - Sportsmanship Award
2008 Sask Curling Association - Legends of Curling Honour Roll
2021 Regina Sports Hall of Fame Induction
Crystal Frisk has had much success in her lengthy curling career and has devoted many additional volunteer hours to the sport. As a competitor she participated in an astounding 37 provincial championships (between 1977 and 2017) and won eight provincial titles. Crystal has been a volunteer at the club, district, provincial, national and world curling championships since 1960 serving as secretary, draw-master, bonspiel co-ordinator, statistician, driver – whatever was needed. She also participated on organizational committees for major cash spiels and provincial playdowns.
Growing up in Gray provided an early opportunity to curl and Crystal graduated from jam cans to curling stones at ten years of age. Her dad, Ernie Dunning was her instructor and she was not allowed to put both feet in the hack so getting the curling stones to the other end was sometimes a challenge. She loved the game and especially being allowed out of school to curl with her dad and grandfather, Walter Dunning in the Gray Bonspiels.
Crystal skipped a Gray school team in district playdowns in 1956 and recalls that the ice at Pense was not very cooperative - they couldn’t figure out how to play the tricky falls. At Luther College High School in Regina, she skipped the girl’s team in city playdowns, was on the basketball, softball, and track and field team and participated in all sports at every opportunity.
In 1959 Crystal took a business course at Balfour Technical School in Regina and commenced a career in administration that spanned 45 years. She furthered her education by receiving a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Regina in 1988 and retired in April 2005.
Crystal moved to Maple Creek in 1960 and was soon involved in curling and served as secretary-treasurer of the club. In 1962 she moved to Prince Albert and enjoyed playing with many teams before skipping her own team to northern ladies playdowns in 1972, 1974 and 1977. In 1977 Crystal and her Prince Albert team of Bonnie Brandon, Pam Ochitwa and Sharon Kvinlaug won the Saskatchewan Ladies Championship and were off to the McDonald Lassie Canadian Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prince Albert hosted a send-off attended by notable guests; John Diefenbaker, George Reed, and Miss Canada (Yvonne Foster) of Prince Albert. The team was in awe and John Diefenbaker travelled to Nova Scotia and was given a VIP seat to watch two of their games. She also played third on the Terry Arnold mixed team from Prince Albert that competed in provincials in 1973.
In 1978 Crystal returned to Gray and commenced work in Regina and curling in Gray with Anita Ford, Randi Kelly and Nelda McDonald. The lead position changed over the years but Crystal, Anita and Randi enjoyed many successes in bonspiels, cash spiels and playdowns. The team went to six provincials and was runner-up team twice. Crystal also curled with Bob Lewis in the Provincial Mixed Championship in 1984.
With the closure of the Gray Curling Club, Crystal continued curling in Regina and skipped many different teammates in Women’s, Intermediates, Seniors and Masters. Her teams won the Intermediate title in 1988 and 1995.
In 1995 Crystal started curling in Senior Women’s playdowns and won the provincial title in 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005 and 2006 with four different teams. In the Senior Provincials in 1996 and 1997 Crystal received the Evelyn Krahn Award for Sportsmanship and Curling Excellence; and at the 1998 CIBC Sr Canadian Championship, Crystal was the Second Team All Star Skip and was most honoured to receive the Sportsmanship Award. The team of Maureen Carter, Myrna Graham and Maxine Rystephanick placed third and received the Bronze Medallion.
Crystal, Anita Ford, Randi Kelly and Dawne Obleman joined forces again in 2003 and shared the Senior Women’s Provincial Championship title in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 Crystal joined Diane Baumung, Wendy Leach and Roberta Fonger and was successful in defending the 2006 Senior Women’s Provincial title.
Crystal had the chance to apply her expertise by acting as statistician at provincial, national and international events hosted in Saskatchewan; Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Regina) 1982, 1998 and 2008 as well as a statistician for CBC at Women’s Worlds in Moose Jaw.