June 04, 2007

Top wheelchair coach job advertised

British Curling has advertised for a wheelchair curling coach to organise and lead the Paralympic curling team for Vancouver 2010.

The successful candidate will be expected to head up the programme of support for the British Curling wheelchair curling athletes at podium and development level. He/she will have to deliver high quality coaching within the wheelchair curling programme and work with the personal team coaches. The position requires extensive high performance sport experience and a record of world class success as a curling coach. At the last Paralympics, the position was held by Tom Pendreigh, and the British team skipped by Frank Duffy gained silver medals.

If agreed with the Scottish Wheelchair Curling Association and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club the successful candidate will also hold the position of Scottish Wheelchair Head Curling Coach.

The Wheelchair Curling Coach will report directly to the British Curling Performance Director (Derek Brown) on a day to day basis and will also be accountable to the Chairman of British Curling (Chris Hildrey) and the Director of Athlete Services at the Scottish Institute of Sport (Liz Mendl).

Further details of the post and how to apply can be found here. Closing date is June 29.

Interestingly, the successful candidate will "Maintain programme continuity with the British Curling World Class Performance Plan." This has yet to be published and should reveal how the team/squad for the 'able-bodied' 2010 Olympics will be chosen. We should see this later this summer.

British Curling is supported by UK Sport, the Scottish Institute of Sport, the Scottish Wheelchair Curling Association and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club.

British Curling is the national body for elite curling in Britain. It is a limited company formed last year through a merger of the British Curling Association and the British Wheelchair Curling Association. It has four members: the RCCC, the SWCA, the English Curling Association and the Welsh Curling Association. The Board comprises Chris Hildrey (Chairman), Alan Chalmers (Finance Director), Hew Chalmers and Mike Gillespie (Ordinary Directors), and Derek Brown (Performance Director). The Board has the power to co-opt further members. Indeed, an announcement is expected soon.

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