The Coyotes Club Bonspiel Committee wanted to use this opportunity to pay tribute to an accomplished female curler who embodies the spirit of our sport. The clear choice for them was Donna Purkey.
To name some highlights of her curling career, Donna competed in the 1982 U.S. Women’s National Championship, the 2002, 2007 and 2008 U.S Senior Nationals (champion all years) and in the World Senior Championships in 2002 and 2007. She’s also been a fifth member/coach to other high performance US Women’s teams and mentor to countless new curlers, some of whom went on to enjoy great comptetive success themselves.
On top of that Donna is someone who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to build the sport. She served on the Board of Directors of the USWCA for more than 15 years, including a year as it’s President.
She was selected for the USWCA Scot Tour as the team captain, and five years later acted as the courier for the team visiting from Scotland.
Donna was on the Board of the Nutmeg Curling Club in CT for three years and was instrumental in helping that club establish a new facility and more than double its membership. She and her husband Hal, have actively supported many developing clubs, including our very own Coyotes club, as volunteers and as instructors.
But even with all this, there was something else about Donna that our Bonspiel Committee wanted to honor. It is her embodiment of the qualities of friendship and camaraderie, traits that are cherished in our sport. It’s her selfless giving of her time and expertise. It’s her instantly recognizable smile that lights up the room and draws everyone around. The spirit of Donna is, for many, the spirit of curling.