Pick a sport, any sport, and Joan (Dunk) Smith has either played it or knows something about it. She is the prototype all-round athlete. Joan has played (and well) basketball, bowling, hockey, badminton, tennis, curling, softball, golf, swimming, track and field, ice and roller skating, and other sports. She even played on an all-girl lacrosse team that had to fold for lack of opposition. For relaxation, she rode a motorcycle.
Her sports achievements include Peterborough Athlete of the Year in 1956 (first woman to earn this), a Civic Award in 1969 for athletic achievements and a Canada medallion as a participant in the 1988 Olympic Torch Run. She has played on Ontario champion basketball teams and for the Ontario team which won the Canadian consolation final. Joan was an outstanding softball player with Ashby’s and Burtols, some of these teams also winning titles. She has skipped curling rinks to a variety of honours, including Sr. District wins in 1988 and 1989. In golf, she twice won the City championship and was on the club team at Kawartha G&CC which, up to 1990, won District laurels 10 times. In 1990, her District team won Ontario low net honours.