May 26, 2008

Curlers selected for World Universiade

So who will be in the GB curling teams at the World University Games, in Harbin, China, February 18-28, 2009? Registrations of interest were asked for recently, as we noted here.

British Curling has announced the names, four men and five women, today. The official news is here.

To be eligible, athletes must be students and under the age of 28. Andrew Craigie, John Hamilton, Glen Muirhead and Thomas Pendreigh have been selected as the men's team. Andrew and John were in the silver medal winning team at the 2007 Winter Universiade Games. I suspect John is the skip, although this has not been confirmed. Interesting that only four curllers have been selected!

Kay and Vicki Adams, Laura Kirkpatrick, Sarah Macintyre and Sarah Reid are the women's squad. The two Sarahs won gold for Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championships in 2007. Kay and Vicki Adams and Sarah Macintyre won gold at the 2008 World Junior Championships. Sarah Reid will be the women's skip, I would suggest.

National coach Cate Brewster said, "I'm looking forward to working with all the squad athletes in the run up to the Games, it will be an exciting time for everyone."

The Scottish Curling Forum has an interesting thread (here) over the difficulties the students might face next season if they are planning to play in other top Scottish competitions.

Top: Sarah Reid
Above: John Hamilton
Pics by Bob


Anonymous said...

There must be possible ammedments to such a squad, it would be quite a large suprise if neither Glen or Tom were to go the World Junior Champiosnships this year, which are bound to be ahead in both competitors priorities if they were to win. And only 4 players? Surely they can not only take 4 players all the way to China for the WUG?

Anonymous said...

i dont know if you've noticed...but there's a girls team going too. Some of them may be involved in the junior worlds also. Its always about the boys.