September 28, 2018 9:57 am

Winnipeg’s Granite Curling Club elects first woman president

Dawn Klatt is the first female president of the Granite Curling Club,

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Winnipeg’s historic Granite Curling Club has elected its first woman president in 138 years.

Dawn Klatt was chosen to head up the province’s founding curling club Thursday night.

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“I think there’s a prestige with the Granite,” Klatt told 680 CJOB. “I can’t even speak to how proud I am and how special I feel to be entrusted with that.”

Klatt, who has run the Granite’s women’s league for a number of years, first became a member of the club 25 years ago and said she’s seen the culture shift since her early days at the ‘Mother Club.’

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“There were only two other women at the annual general meeting at that time. I took the challenge and said, sure, we need a voice. The times were changing. Everybody wanted a woman’s opinion and women sitting on the board.”

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As the province’s oldest curling club and one of its oldest sporting institutions in general, Klatt said the Granite, which was established in 1880 – the building at the foot of the Osborne Bridge was built in 1913 – has a strong reputation to protect, something she intends to continue as president.

“[I’d like] to keep us well-renowned,” she said. “As the prestigious club in Western Canada, if not all of Canada — that we’re a name that everyone speaks.”

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