Olympic Curling Coach
Janet Arnott is a highly decorated member of the sport community. She is a member of both Manitoba and Canada’s Curling Hall of Fame for her career as an athlete. Janet curled lead for 20 years with her sister Connie Laliberte competing in eight national women’s championships and three world championships, winning one World and three Canadian titles.
In 2005, Janet retired from competitive curling and took on the role as Coach for the Jennifer Jones team. The team competed in seven national competitions, winning the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2008, 2009, and 2010, winning the World Curling Championships in 2008. In 2013, the team won the Olympic Curling Trials earning the right to represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. They broke an Olympic record going undefeated through the round robin, ultimately winning a gold medal for Canada in women’s curling. It was noted by the media that she was the only female coach behind the bench for curling.
As a Level 3 certified coach, Janet began to get recognition for her success coaching the Jennifer Jones team. She is a 3-time recipient of Petro Canada’s Coaching Excellence Award, 2-time recipient of Coaching Manitoba’s High Performance Coaching Award (Peter Williamson Memorial Award), and just recently received Sport Manitoba’s 2015 IMPACT Female Coach of the Year. In addition, she was also the first coach to be inducted in the team category of the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame for 2015.
She made the decision to leave the Jones team after the Sochi Olympics and now coaches aspiring young curlers through CurlManitoba’s High Performance program.