October 06, 2008

Boys gain invite to EYOF

Curling Today has already talked about the European Youth Olympic Festival, and the selection of a GB girls' team for the competition in Poland next year (see here). A boys' team was on the reserve list, and the news today is that this GB side now has a place in the event.

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club, in partnership with British Curling, has announced the names of the curlers who have been chosen: Blair Fraser, Kerr Drummond, Colin Dick, Struan Wood and Jay McWilliam. No coach has been named as yet.

The junior women's team, Hannah Fleming, Lauren Gray, Rebecca Kesley, Anna Sloan and Alice Spence, is already in training with their coach Debbie Knox for the competition, February 14-21, 2009, in Slask Beskidy.

The event will be the ninth staging of the EYOF, and only the second time that the sport of curling has been included. The other sports are downhill and cross country skiing, biathlon, nordic combined, ski-jumping, snowboarding, figure skating and ice hockey. The curling competition will be held in the town of Bielsko-Biala, in southern Poland, not far from Krakow.

The event website is here.

Here are photos of those selected:

Colin Dick skipped his team to U-17 Slam success last season.

Kerr Drummond has his own RCCC National Academy team this season.

Jay McWilliam won the Scottish Pairs title in 2006.

Struan Wood was in Colin Dick's Slam winning side last season.

Blair Fraser's team has won the first two U-17 events of this season.

Photos by Bob.

1 comment:

khan-goor said...

and for those of You who would like to look at the venue of curling tournament please follow the link http://www.tv.bielsko.biala.pl/curling_w_bielsku-bialej_1137.html
and play the embedded movie.

do not adjust your monitor - the ice is black out there. :))