ECC 2014 Team Profiles – James Russell

JamesRussellProfilePicName - James Russell
Age ­- 22
Occupation -­ Mathematics Student/Lifeguard/Mummy’s Boy

Earliest curling related memory ­- Being able to throw the stone the length of the sheet…AT KIRKCALDY!!!

Favourite curling destination and why - Taarnby, Copenhagen. Even the ugly people are good looking.

How do you relax away from work (and curling) - Being a constant source of stress for my friends and family.

The person you most admire, alive or dead, and why - Roger Federer. His talent, his hair, his super sperm (I mean seriously…2 sets of twins! Good going).

The unlikely interest that engages your curiosity - I do love American Football.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure - Armando Pérez aka Pitbull aka Mr 305 aka Mr Worldwide.

What is your favourite word - Vociferous (until John Furey spits another big word vociferously in my direction)

What’s your biggest fear - Yeah because if I reveal that it won’t be used against me…Its Alan Mitchell in drag…that would be really scary if that happened, especially with a large group of people filming…

Last gig you went to - Radio 1’s Big weekend in Glasgow.

The film you can watch time and time again - Wall-E.

What are you best at - Being modest. I’m the best at being modest by a mile.

The sport you won’t watch - Mens Beach Volleyball.

And finally, what did you have for breakfast - As I am an athlete I had 3 Bacon Rolls.

ECC 2014 Team Profiles – Ailsa Anderson

Name -­ AilsaAndersonProfilePicAilsa Anderson
Age -­ 25
Occupation – Planner/ Chartered Surveyor
Years curling ­ - 3

Home club and ice rink – Banchory Curling Club, Curl Aberdeen

Favourite sport outside curling to watch­ and to play ­-
Watch – Rugby and equestrian sports,
Play – Netball or Tug­of­War

Who would you really like to meet? Prince Phillip

Favourite TV programme – Friends (never gets old)

Favourite holiday destination and why? Ireland (obviously) and further afield it has to New Zealand

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people – I’m a member of the Irish Ladies Curling team…

You can save one prized possession. What is it? My family

Who would you choose to marooned on a desert island with? Gerard Butler

Sum yourself up in five words – Blond, Bubbly, Conscientious, Young Farmer, Curler

ICA Training Days

The Irish Curling Association are holding the following training days, funded by Development and Assistance Programme (DAP) money from the WCF, to help curlers of all levels improve:

Saturday, 20th September at Greenacres – 11am to 5pm.

Saturday, 27th September at Kinross – 10am to 5pm.

Saturday, 4th October at Braehead 11am to 4pm.

ICA training days are open to all members but numbers are limited. The first two sessions are nearly fully subscribed but there are still spaces for the 4th October session.

For more information reply to this post or contact a member of the committee.

ECC 2014 Team Profiles – Hazel Gormley-Leahy

HazelProfilePicName – Hazel Gormley-­Leahy
Age - ­29
Occupation – Marketing Consultant

Earlier curling related memory – SHUFFLE being, well, Shuffle

Favourite curling destination and why – Mmmmm: Erzurum; gave a lot to talk about hahaha

How do you relax away from work (and curling) – What’s that?

The person you most admire, alive or dead, and why – Going with Maria Bravo this year, aka, my boss: she gives great motivational talks that makes you think, even though she too may be going through rough times.

The unlikely interest that engages your curiosity – How some genii worked out that a tiny little piece of metal can work as a sim card to ring someone without cables over the other side of the world; that and who decided “let’s eat the next thing that comes out of that chickens ass”.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure – Now mon ami, I don’t think that could be published.

What is your favourite word ­ - coñio

What’s your biggest fear - ­bananas

Last gig you went to – last night; Gibraltar Music Festival with The Script, Rita Ora, John Newman, Tony Hadley, James Arthur…mmmm…

The film you can watch time and time again -­ Bodyguard

What are you best at – damaging my left knee; without fail at least once a month.

The sport you won’t watch – Fishing…..

And finally, what did you have for breakfast – good point; nothing so far

WCF approves key rule changes

Members of the World Curling Federation have elected a new board and voted to introduce a new World Junior qualification event, a World Mixed Curling Championship, along with approving a raft of other key rule changes.
The competition and rule changes and board elections took place at the World Curling Federation’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) held during the 3rd Annual World Curling Congress at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada, USA.
Delegates and representatives from the Federation’s Member Associations, key stakeholders and partners have been gathered in Reno to discuss strategy and development for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter sport of curling since the 4th of September.
In the WCF board elections, current President, Kate Caithness OBE, from Scotland, was the only candidate nominated for the next four year term as President and was elected by acclamation.
Upon her re-election Caithness said: “It has been a real honour to work and serve for the Federation. I work in a man’s world and you, our Member Associations, have put your trust in me to raise the profile of curling. For the next four years I promise to give you 100% in my work to represent you and our great sport.”
In addition, a new Board structure takes effect as part of a new WCF constitution from this congress onwards. The new Board is comprised of eight Board Directors: a President, three Vice-Presidents each from the three zonal regions of the WCF and another four Board Directors.
Graham Prouse (Canada), was elected Vice-President by acclamation for the Americas zone for a three year term.
Hugh Millikan (Australia), was elected Vice-President by acclamation for the Pacific-Asia zone for a two year term.
Bent Ramsfjell (Norway), was elected Vice-President by acclamation for the European Zone for a one year term. Robert Susanj from Slovenia withdrew from the election for this position.
Elected to the four Board Director positions were:
1 Albert ‘Andy’ Anderson (USA) (four year term of office)
2 Hew Chalmers (Scotland) (three year term of office)
3 Laura Lochanski (Canada) (two year term of office)
4 Toyo Ogawa (Japan) (one year term of office)
President Caithness recognized the exceptional contribution made by departing board members Leif Öhman (Sweden) and Young C Kim (Korea).
Following the Assembly, the new board will meet and will consider the applications for conditional membership for the Hong Kong Curling Association and Qatar Curling Federation. Armenian National Curling Federation was excluded from membership during the Assembly.
During the Congress it was announced that the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 and the World Senior Curling Championships 2015 has been awarded to Sochi, Russia. The events will take place from 18-25 April 2015.
WCF also revealed plans to Member Associations for a Portable Curling Facility. This new programme offered by the Federation is to help establish dedicated curling facilities in regions which have, up until now, found it difficult to garner the resources to build a permanent curling facility.
The 4th Annual World Curling Congress will take place at the Crowne Plaza, Belgrade, Serbia, from 2-5 September 2015. The 2015 WCF Annual General Assembly will be held on 5 September.
Full details for the competitions and rule changes can be viewed here:
www.worldcurling.org/wcf-annual-general-assembly-2014-review
www.worldcurling.org/world-curling-congress

ECC 2014 Team Profiles – Katie Kerr

KatieKerrProfilePicName - Katie Kerr or KT
Age - 26
Occupation - Actress
Status - Single and ready to mingle. And by mingle I mean eat pizza.

Years curling - I first learned to curl in 2009, but didn’t really start curling until after I graduated college and joined the Bond Girls in 2011.

Home club and ice rink- Hollywood Curling.

Favourite sport outside curling to watch and to play - Favourite sport to watch is hockey- GO 2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPION LOS ANGELES KINGS GO! And favourite sport to play is soccer…though I suppose I should call it football since this is for the Europeans.

Who would you really like to meet? J.K. Rowling.

Favourite TV show - Currently, Game of Thrones.

Favourite holiday destination and why - Colorado, because unlike Los Angeles it actually has seasons.

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people - I’m a black belt in Taekwondo.

You can save one prized possession. What is it? - My peanut butter collection.

Who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with? The 2014 Stanley Cup Champions –  Los Angeles Kings.

Sum yourself up in five words - Witty, Perceptive, Adventurous, Magical, Pale

ECC 2014 Team Profiles – Margarita Sweeney-Baird

Ahead of next month’s European C Group Championships in Rotterdam, let’s met our Irish team members.
First up, from the ladies team, one of our newest members………

Name - Margarita Sweeney-Baird
Age - 54
Occupation - Inclusive Skating Charity Trustee and University Lecturer in Law. Currently doing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.
Status - Single

Years curling - 2 (although I did learn how to throw a stone many years ago in Crossmyloof)

Home club and ice rink - Bearsden and Braehead

Favourite sport outside curling to watch - and to play – Ice skating

Who would you really like to meet? Ottavio Cinquanta

Favourite TV programme - Gray’s Anatomy

Favourite holiday destination and why? Zermatt, Switzerland for skiing skating and curling

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people - I was Scottish Ladies Ice Skating Champion

You can save one prized possession. What is it? - My home

Who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with? censored?

Sum yourself up in five words - sunshine barbie, intelligent, kind and happy

Euro C Division 2014 – Ireland’s teams

The Irish Curling Association is delighted to announce that they will be entering both a ladies and mens team in the forthcoming European Curling Championship C-Group which kicks off in the Silverdome ice rink at Zoetermeer in the Netherlands on the 6th October this year.

The Irish Mens team are:
Alan Mitchell, John Furey, James Russell, Craig Whyte & Arran Cameron.

The Irish Womens team are:
Clare McCormick, Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Ailsa Anderson, Katie Kerr and  Hazel Gormley-Leahy.

The top two mens and womens teams in the C-Group will qualify for Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 B-Group event which will take place in Monthey alongside the A-Group event in Champéry, Switzerland from 22-29 November 2014.

For more information about this event and others, visit http://www.worldcurling.org/events

Euro C Division 2014

The World Curling Federation (WCF) has announced that Zoetermeer in the Netherlands will host the European Curling Championships C-Group between 6-11 October 2014.

The event will be held in the Silverdome, a multi-purpose ice rink and events venue in Zoetermeer, near Rotterdam.

The European Curling Championships C-Group is an open entry competition for all World Curling Federation European zone Member Associations that have not already qualified teams for Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 A or B Groups. Deadline for entry to the event is 31 May 2014.

Both a men’s and women’s competition will take place and the top two teams in each competition will qualify for Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 B-Group event which will take place in Monthey alongside the A-Group event in Champéry, Switzerland from 22-29 November 2014.

For more information about this event and others, visit http://www.worldcurling.org/events