Memorable Manitobans: Janet Elizabeth Arnott (1956-2019)
Born at Winnipeg on 17 April 1956 to August Francois Laliberte and Jean Elizabeth Flockton (1934-1987), she graduated from Dakota Collegiate and Red River Community College.
As a competitor she adjusted to the lead position as the game evolved over the years. She appeared in 26 provincial curling championships (one junior, 21 women's and four mixed). She played in nine Canadian Women's Championships and three World Women's Championships. Highlights included winning seven provincial women's championships, three Canadian Women's Championships (1984, 1992, 1995), at the World Women's Championship she won a gold, silver and bronze medal. The highlight was the gold medal in 1984 playing with sister Connie Laliberte, Chris More, and sister Corinne Peters. In 2008, she turned her attention to coaching with Jennifer Jones teams, where they won Canadian Championships in (2008, 2009, 2010) and a world championship in 2008. In 2014, they won a coveted Olympic Gold Medal.
She received many honours including induction into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame (1995) and Canadian Curling Hall of Fame (2000). She was also part of team inductions with the 1984 Connie Laliberte team, inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1984), Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame (1995), the 1992 and 1995 Connie Laliberte teams into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame (2011), and the 2014 Jennifer Jones team into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame (2015).
She was employed by Shoppers Drug Mart for 35 years, retiring in 2016. She was married to Doug Arnott.
She died at Winnipeg on 24 June 2019 and was buried in the Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.
“Rock Star,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 2019, page 21.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 2019, page 23.
Website, Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame.
Website, Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.
This page was prepared by Rick Mutton.
Page revised: 14 November 2022