Saskatchewan Curling Community Mourns The Loss of Warren Woods
Curling Fans throughout Saskatchewan know Warren Woods as the voice of Curling, broadcasting curling on Global Television for 20 years and the long time sports anchor with CJME Talk Radio.
Warren grew up in Sudbury, Ontario where he attended Mohawk College specializing in Communications Art. After Graduating he began his broadcasting career in radio at CKSO in his hometown. From there he moved into television as sports Director at CFCL TV in Timmons, Ontario. Warren continued his role as Sport Director at Thunder Bay TV.
In August of 1987 Warren joined the Global Regina Sports Team and the rest as they say is history. In 1989 The Saskatchewan Curling Association, as it was known at that time, reached an agreement with Global Television to broadcast the Provincial Men’s Curling Championship. Global gave Warren the assignment of commentator and enlisted Warren Proctor, the technical Director of the SCA, to be the colour man.
In February of 1989 at the Regina Agridome curling history in Saskatchewan was made as the two Warren’s provided the commentary for the first live broadcast of a Provincial Men’s curling championship. Jim Packett was the winner that year and went on to represent Saskatchewan at the Brier in Saskatoon.
There were many great curling highlights over the years but Warren’s favourite was the flat double for the title made by Jim Packett in 1997 in North Battleford. He calls it the greatest shot he ever called.
Besides the broadcasts of the Provincial Championships Warren has covered every national, international and provincial curling event in Saskatchewan since he arrived here in 1987. From 1992 to 2004 he hosted over 12 hours on the SGI Canada Curling Classic.
Warren was an avid curler at the Callie and Highland Curling Club. In 2013 and 2014, Warren curled in the Senior Southern Playdowns. In 2014, Warren was inducted into the Legends of Curling in the media category.
In early January 2021, Warren’s Daughter Nicole revealed he had contracted covid-19 in a CTV Regina news story. Supporters of the family started a gofundme page, at the time of posting has raised over $64,000 for Warren’s family.
Woodsy, passed away on January 20th, 2021 from complications due to covid-19 at the age of 66. CURLSASK passes our deepest condolences to the Woods family during this difficult time.