June 26, 2007

Judith McFarlane to be the Royal Club's Manager of Development

Judith McFarlane, currently the Braehead Curling Officer, is to become the Royal Caledonian Curling Club's Manager of Development. Judith will take over from Gordie Kennedy who leaves the post in July. The RCCC's announcement of the appointment is here.

As Development Manager, Judith will be responsible for managing current plans and implementing new initiatives for developing the sport in Scotland. The post is funded by sportscotland. She heads up a team of development officers based in rinks throughout the country. One of these posts at Aberdeen, currently unfilled, has just been re-advertised here.

Judith has been in her post at Braehead for two years. She will be missed there. One of her main responsibilities was in corporate curling, which she has expanded significantly. Coincidentally, her predecessor at the Braehead rink, Lynne Robertson, also moved on to Cairnie House where she is currently the National Coaching Officer.

Recently I heard Judith speak eloquently about her development work at Braehead. She is young, and she is enthusiastic. She knows the sport well, was Scottish Junior Champion at third in 2004, and competed in the Gold League last season. She has been instrumental in setting up the organisation for the Glynhill Ladies International next January, and she will continue to be involved with that. She is also the local organiser of the big Curlathon in September. (Have you entered yet?)

She featured in this blog just last week when she got involved in the Renfrewshire Special Games. She will be in charge of the RCCC's summer camp in August. Indeed, she will attend the World Curling Federation's international junior camp in Fussen next week with our Under-17 Slam winning teams. She's someone who likes to get involved - that's her on the left, hands free on the zip line at the National Junior Squad training weekend last summer!

Our best wishes go to Judith for the challenges her new job will bring.

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