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DC's seasoned curler will toss first rock

Dot Hill will add another accomplishment to her impressive curling resumé when she throws the first rock in the opening ceremonies of tonight's Grey Power Players' Championships.

Dot Hill will add another accomplishment to her impressive curling resumé when she throws the first rock in the opening ceremonies of tonight's Grey Power Players' Championships.

It's a fitting tribute to someone who has been a part of the local curling community for over 64 years, sat on the executive of the Dawson Creek Curling Club, has helped youngsters learn the game she loves and still curls as many as four or five games a week

"I consider it such a great honour. To be invited to throw the first rock is amazing. I love the game. I love the strategy. I love the competition, and I sure love the people,' said Hill who received her life membership from the Dawson Creek club in 1986.

Hill moved to the city in 1945 and began curling as a teenager in the fall of 1946.

And she's been throwing rocks ever since. During the fall and winter, Hill curls twice a week with the seniors, plays one night a week with the mixed league, subs on Wednesday nights and also takes part in various weekend bonspiels.

Hill curled in Scotland in 1999; she coached the Notre Dame team in 2003 that won a school trophy; and in 2006 the city recognized her 60 years of local curling.

The Hills have tickets for all the Grey Power Players' Championships games and will be joined by her brother and his wife from Ontario and a niece from Edmonton.

The ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. at the EnCana Events Centre.

The Grande Prairie and District Pipes and Drums will pipe the teams in. Dawson Creek's Rylee Laveck will sing the national anthem.

Hill's broom holder will be her granddaughter, Shae Hill, and the sweepers will be Layne Norman and Brad Skytte.