C. W. “Shorty” Jenkins was born in Hanna, Alberta in 1935. At age 17 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces, eventually ending up at CFB Trenton.
After retiring from the forces, he became groundskeeper at Trenton Golf Club and, in 1966, became ice-maker at their curling facility. Thus began the career of arguably the best – and best known – ice technician and rock expert the world has ever known.
Self-taught, Shorty developed innovative ice-scraping and pebbling techniques that became adopted universally. Experimenting with rocks, he pioneered blue-printing running surfaces to match rocks and determine optimum size surfaces and rock weights for the best performance. Wearing his trademark pink Stetson, Shorty contributed his knowledge and talents to competitions and clinics world-wide. His suggested standards are now followed everywhere. He also introduced the use of stopwatches to curling.
During all this he was greens superintendent at Trenton Golf Club, then Bay of Quinte C.C. and finally Kingston’s Cataraqui C.C.
When Shorty passed away in Trenton in April 2013, champion curlers called him “the most influential ice-maker ever,” a “legend” who was “years ahead of his time.”
Shorty was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in the Builder Category in 2001.0