Kells, Rae

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A Calgarian who started officiating at the national level in 1992, Kells would spend nearly three decades as an umpire at national and international events, establishing a reputation for level-headedness and poise under the most trying of circumstances.

She worked at four Olympic Winter Games, and was Chief Umpire at two of them — 2010 in Vancouver, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea — and Deputy Chief in 2014 at Sochi, Russia.

Additionally she officiated at 21 Canadian championships, 17 World championships (11 as Chief Umpire), two Canadian Curling Trials, a European Championship and the first World Olympic Qualifier.