The Peterborough Sports Community has clearly been the beneficiary of many years of hard work and dedication by Mary Hinan. Mary played in the Women’s City Softball League for 14 years, winning the championship four times. She also organized, coached and served as Convener in the Community Church Softball League for several years. Nevertheless, it is in the sport of curling where Mary truly made her greatest contribution. After joining the Peterborough Curling Club in 1959, she worked on the Centennial Committee in 1976, the Canadian Senior Championship Committee in 1988, and was Chairperson for curling in the Ontario Winter Games in 1988. Her ability to organize and run events smoothly, earned her the nickname, ‘Sergeant Mary.’
As a certified Level 2 Instructor/Coach, Mary conducted numerous clinics at the Peterborough Curling Club and other area rinks. She served as a Provincial Course Instructor, teaching across Ontario. Mary coached curling at Sir Sandford Fleming College beginning in 1977 and was presented with the Honorary Knight Award in 1996-97 for her commitment and dedication to athletics at Fleming College.
She became a certified Level 3 Umpire with the Canadian Curling Association. She has also participated in provincial curling competitions, reaching the finals in Tankard play, and skipped one of the teams on the winning Peterborough Curling Club Tankard Team in 1973.
Her induction into the Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame is a fitting testimony to her devotion to local sports.