Peter Becker inducted into World Curling Hall of Fame

Peter Becker at MCI Naseby
Peter Becker at the Maniototo Curling International rink, Naseby © NZ Curling

27 Jun 2022 – The World Curling Federation has announced that Central Otago's Peter Becker is one of five new inductees into the World Curling Hall of Fame.

He becomes the first New Zealander to receive World Curling's highest honour.

He joins as a "builder" of the sport, along with four players –- the remaining three members of Canada’s Team Schmirler, first-ever women’s Olympic champions as well as multiple world champions, and another Canadian Ian Tetley, a three-time world champion.

World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness said, "I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to our World Curling Hall of Fame 2022 inductees. Their contribution to our sport both on the ice and behind the scenes to develop curling cannot be underestimated."

"The Becker family is synonymous with curling in New Zealand largely due to the remarkable work of Peter Becker throughout the years. All of our 2022 inductees are worthy recipients of the Freytag Award, which is the highest honour we can bestow in our sport."

Peter Becker has been involved in every aspect of curling in New Zealand throughout his career.

Becker skipped the first national men’s team from New Zealand to compete at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Sagamihara, Japan in 1991 and would go on to represent New Zealand at these championships six times, with the latest being in 2018 as an alternate.

Becker has also represented New Zealand on the world stage nine times at the World Senior Curling Championships.

He has acted as a curling coach, manager, organiser, and team co-selector for a range of competitions, including the Olympic Winter Games, women's and men's national and junior sides. He was also one of the main drivers in taking a New Zealand team to the Youth Olympic Games.

He served as Secretary of the New Zealand Curling Association from 1995 until 2009 and was also NZCA's representative to the World Curling Federation and New Zealand Olympic Committee.

Becker was also a key figure in the development of the Naseby Indoor Curling Rink which opened in 2005 and was the first dedicated curling facility in the Southern Hemisphere.

Peter Becker expressed his thanks to his family, friends, and fellow curlers for their support.

"All of you that have encouraged me, helped me, and been there for me - I will be forever grateful for your time and friendship. I must thank my family. My late Dad, Jim, a passionate curler who got me into our great game. My lovely late wife, Wendy, single-handedly inspired us all to achieve. Our children, with their spouses, have all contributed hugely and continue to do so. And to the next generation, I hope that what has happened here will rub off on them, as they face an increasingly difficult world."

"It's very humbling for an 'old' farmer from Patearoa," he added with a grin. "What a great game we are lucky enough to be involved in!"