Inducted November 1, 1980

John T. Pike - Athlete

Born in Carbonear, Newfoundland, in 1914, John commenced his curling career in 1951, when the first organized curling bonspiel was played in the Grand Falls Stadium. He skipped his team to victory in that contest and won his first curling trophy. It was also the beginning of a highly successful curling career. When his career ended in 1974, John Pike had won every trophy played for at the Grand Falls’ Club, many of them several times. He has a unique curling record and one which could well be an all Canadian record. He won eight Provincial Championships, in four categories – The Brier, Canadian Legion, O’Keefe’s Mixed and Men’s Seniors. From 1963 to 1973, he represented the Province eight times at Manitoba, Calgary, Drummondville, Prince George, Halifax, Charleswood, and Sudbury. He also served on the Executive of the Grand Falls Curling Committee. He was instrumental in organizing School Boy Curling in Grand Falls and coached school teams for many years.