Regina honours memory of Schmirler

The memory Sandra Schmirler will be honoured in the city of Regina, as the mayor announced that the city's sports centre and a roadway will be named after the curling champion.

Regina's South East Leisure Club will be now called the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre while the road leading up to the Callie Curling Club, the place Schmirler's team practiced, will be renamed Sandra Schmirler Way.

Although Schmirler's daughters are probably too young to appreciate the honour, Schmirler's husband said he'll explain it to them in a few years.

"This is very touching for me and the family - the legacy just keeps going on I guess," said England.

Schmirler, who passed away of cancer at the age of 36 on March 2, left behind two daughters. Sara is three years old and Jenna is one.

"Sara is old enough that I can just say, `We're going to go swimming and did you know they named this after Mommy?' " said England.

"She's pretty young still. The nice thing is these things will be around when they get a little older."

Schmirler led a Regina-based curling team to an Olympic gold medal in 1998 and also won three Canadian and world championships. She was posthumously inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.