Northern playdowns a family affair for local man

This year’s Northern Ontario men’s curling playdowns in Kapuskasing definitely had a family feel to it for longtime local curler Rob Sinclair.
Sinclair found himself watching his son, Rob, who played third with Ron Rosengren’s Fort William rink, and son-in-law Lorne Jackson, skip of the Fort Frances entry, vying for a berth in the Nokia Brier.
Throw in the fact his old friend, Al Hackner (Fort William), was the third rink from this district competing there and the question was clear: Who do you root for?
Leave it to the smooth-talking Sinclair, who made the trip to Kapuskasing with his wife, Fran, and Jackson’s mother, Karen, to give a diplomatic answer.
“Being an executive with the Northwestern Ontario Curling Association, I had to root for all three teams,” he remarked. “But if you want to put it in order, I root for my son first, naturally, then Lorne and then Al.”
But the curling connection between the Sinclair and Jackson families doesn’t end there.
Lorne’s wife is Kathie Jackson (Sinclair’s daughter)—a four-time skip at the Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts. His brother, Derek, was his second this season and his other brother, Dale, curls out of Thunder Bay.
There’s more: Sinclair Sr. and Lorne’s father, Jim, used to curl together more than 30 year ago.
“I knew Jim before he got married,” said Sinclair. “Our kids end up getting married so we thought that was kind of neat.”