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“To have received the news from the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame about my induction was an absolute honour and a humbling experience at the same time” said Overton-Clapham. “Curling has provided me the opportunity to build relationships and experience culture around the world. It’s been a privilege to compete against my peers on ice and share experiences with them off the ice. This honour is not mine alone, I am very grateful to have my family on this ride with me the entire time.”
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Cathy Overton-Clapham (born Cathy Overton, July 19, 1969) is nicknamed “Cathy O” and is one of Manitoba’s most decorated female curlers, with one world championship, five national championships, and twelve Scotties Tournament of Hearts appearances.
Overton-Clapham skipped Team Manitoba to the 1989 Canadian Junior Curling Championships win. This qualified her for the 1990 World Junior Curling Championships, which she won a bronze medal for Canada. Overton-Clapham had been to one other Canadian Junior Championship, having played third for Janet Harvey in 1986.
1991 was Overton-Clapham’s first trip to the Scott Tournament of Hearts, Canada’s national women’s curling championship. She played third for Kathie Allardyce and the team finished with a 5-6 record.
In 1995 she returned to the Hearts, this time as a third for Connie Laliberte. The team won the Hearts that year, and went on to win the silver medal at the 1995 Ford World Curling Championships, losing to Sweden’s Elisabet Gustafson in the final. Overton-Clapham would also play at the 1996, 1999, and 2000 Hearts for Laliberte, finishing third each time.
Starting the 1999-2000 season Overton-Clapham would begin throwing fourth stones for Laliberte. When Laliberte became pregnant, Overton-Clapham would take over as skip of the team. Now skipping the squad, Jill Staub, was brought in at third, Debbie Jones-Walker and Janet Arnott remained at second and lead. Overton-Clapham would skip the team to victory winning the Manitoba Provincials. With Laliberte rejoining the squad for Nationals, Overton-Clapham would move back to throwing fourth stones, with Laliberte calling the game, and Staub moving to fifth. They would finish third at the 2000 Scott Tournament of Hearts losing the semi-final to British Columbia’s Kelley Law.
Jones partnership success – Overton-Clapham would again return to the Hearts in 2005, but as a third for Jennifer Jones. There at the 2005 Scott Tournament of Hearts, the team won the championship, defeating Jenn Hanna of Ontario in the final with one of the most memorable championship final stone ever delivered. The team would go on to finish fourth at the 2005 World Women’s Curling Championship.
Together the team would participate in the 2005 Canadian Curling Trials, but would finish 5-4 failing to reach the playoffs.
The team returned to the 2006 Scott Tournament of Hearts as Team Canada, but they lost in the final to Kelly Scott of British Columbia. At the 2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the team lost the semi-final. At the 2008 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Overton-Clapham won another national title.
The Jones team went to the 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts as the reigning champions (Team Canada). They again reached the finals where they faced British Columbia and won thanks to a steal of two in the seventh end. The team went on the 2009 World Women’s Curling Championship again as the returning champions but were unable to repeat there, losing to Denmark in the Bronze medal game.
The team would again participate in the 2009 Canadian Curling Trials, and with many expecting them to take the championship, disappointed many along with themselves. The team would only win 2 games, tied for second last place, with a 2-5 record.
Returning to the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts again as part of the Jones team and Team Canada, Cathy Overton-Clapham won the national title for the third year in a row. The win was Overton-Clapham’s 5th Scotties title in total and moved her one off of Colleen Jones in the record book and alongside the legendary Joyce McKee of Saskatchewan and Nova Scotians Mary Anne Arsenault, Nancy Delahunt, and Kim Kelly.
After playing third for Jennifer Jones’ rink for many years, this partnership came to an end after the 2009-10 curling season. The Jennifer Jones team decided to replace her with young former Canadian Junior Champion Kaitlyn Lawes.
Overton-Clapham is married and has two children. She owns RSC Inc.
“Warrior’s Dream”. (Paul Wiecek). Winnipeg Free Press, 27 February 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2012. (Interview with Cathy Overton-Clapham)
2011 Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award
2008 STOH Sandra Schmirler Most Valuable Player Award
1990 World Juniors All-Star skip
Cathy Overton-Clapham (Curler)
Born: Cathy Overton
19 July 1969 (age 48)
Hearts appearances 12 (1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Top CTRS ranking 1st (2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10)
Women’s curling representing Canada
Gold medal – first place (2008 Vernon)
Silver medal – second place (1995 Brandon)
Bronze medal – third place (2010 Swift Current)
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place (1990 Portage la Prairie)
Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Gold medal – first place (1995 Calgary)
Gold medal – first place (2005 St. John’s)
Gold medal – first place (2008 Regina)
Gold medal – first place (2009 Victoria)
Gold medal – first place (2010 Sault Ste. Marie)
Silver medal – second place (2006 London)
Bronze medal – third place (1996 Thunder Bay)
Bronze medal – third place (1999 Charlottetown)
Bronze medal – third place (2000 Prince George)
Bronze medal – third place (2007 Lethbridge)
Canadian Curling Trials
Silver medal – second place 2017 Ottawa