Joan (née Barr) Allison
Born: November 28, 1932 (The Pas, Manitoba)
Died: April 28, 2013 (Fort Frances, Ontario)
Member: Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame (1985)
As a young woman, Joan Barr played on two legendary Manitoba basketball teams from Flin Flon — the Legionettes club team and the Kopper Kweens from Hapnot Collegiate.
In 1950, Barr and the Kweens beat Kelvin 17-15 to claim the high school provincial championship. The Kweens would go on to win seven consecutive titles, a record that still stands, earning them induction in 2012 into the hall of fame of the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association.
Barr was a key player for the Legionettes, who won the Rosebowl Trophy as Manitoba junior champs in 1948, ’49 and ’50. Barr led all scorers with 19 points to lead the Legionettes to a 64-52 win over Winnipeg Dominion Knits for the title in 1950. They won the opener of the best-of-three final by 35-25 with Barr scoring 12 points.
After moving to Winnipeg, Barr played for a Dominos club that won four senior ladies’ provincial titles (1951-53, ’55).
“Dominos possessed too much class for Bisonettes, especially with Joan Barr on their side,” the Winnipeg Free Press reported after one 1953 game in which Barr led all scorers with 18 points.
Barr missed winning the league scoring title in 1953 by four points.
She married Bill Allison in 1953 and two years later moved to Fort Frances, Ont. She worked as a teacher until the first of her four children were born. Her father, Ernie Barr, was a prominent curler in her hometown of The Pas.