Pic above is of the 3 of us on the (very smooth) courts in Tucson, Arizona. We spent one full winter in AZ and enjoyed it a great deal. It was Jack Rathwell who acted as our “host” sort of thing. He has property there and knew all of The Shufflers!! That same year the ISA (International) event was held in Arizona. Lois and I competed in that event >> as did Jack.
To-day however; we are going to talk about a man that many call “Gentleman Jack”!! In 2005 we highlighted Jack Rathwell’s contribution to Shuffleboard, both in Arizona and at his home Club in Blackstock, ON. At that time (2005) Gentleman Jack was the Captain of an AZ shuffling team named the COUGARS. In the 2005 article we told you that Jack was awarded the very first “District II : Special Award” for all his work in promoting shuffleboard in District 2 of the AZ Association, as well as for his involvement in the AZ State Shuffleboard Assn.
Tucson Estates Shuffleboard Club, Jack’s home club, honoured Jack AGAIN IN 2009, at their March Pot Luck. In addition, their “In Park Team Tournament” is now named the “Jack Rathwell Team Tournament”. This tournament has a trophy given to the player winning the most games during the tournament, a trophy donated by Jack in memory of Bob Dixon.
Jack still enters tournaments and sometimes places in the trophy events. Pat Lane writes: We have designated GENTLEMAN JACK RATHWELL as our consultant on many In Park tournaments and on the Cougar team. Pat Lane. 2009 08 01.
The Shuffler would like to thank the AZ Webmistress, Pat Lane for sharing this information with us. The Shuffler would also like to thank Jack for his ongoing contribution to Shuffleboard; keep it up Jack, You continue to set the example for others to follow.
Stan of The Shuffler. 2009 08 01.