The British Curling squad for the World University Games, in Harbin, China, February 18-28, 2009, was announced recently (see here). Andrew Craigie, John Hamilton, Glen Muirhead and Thomas Pendreigh were selected as the men's team.
The news today (here) is that Glen has withdrawn from the squad.
The reason given is that he is already heavily committed to competitive curling with his own team in the Juniors next season. This team will go to Taarnby in January for the European Junior Challenge, to try to qualify Scotland for the 2009 World Junior Championship.
Glen feels with this commitment to curling he needs to have some time available for his university studies. Hence his decision to leave the WUG squad.
High Performance Curling Coach Cate Brewster is now looking for two more athletes to complete a squad of five. The BC announcement says, "Candidates will be selected on recent statistics and results." To be eligible, athletes must be students and under the age of 28.
There is already an interesting thread about the WUG, including comment on the commitment required, on the Scottish Curling Forum here.
The pic is of Glen at the World Juniors in Ostersund, by Bob
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