Huge congratulations to ICA member Margarita Sweeney-Baird, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours’ List.
Margarita is chairperson and founder of Inclusive Skating and the driving force behind the Global Project for Inclusive Skating and the Charity.
A former Scottish ladies skating champion and skating coach in the UK, she originally took a year-long sabbatical from her distinguished legal career to mastermind this project. The sabbatical started in 2010 and was extended because the competition format she created worked better than she could ever have hoped.
Margarita’s daughter Juliana is an Inclusive Skater.
Ireland’s mixed doubles pairing of Alison Fyfe and John Wilson ended with an 8-7 win over Belgium in the world qualifier at Greenacres but didn’t get one of the top two spots in their group, finishing third. Therefore, Ireland won’t get the chance to play for a place in the world mixed doubles curling championships this season.
Ireland will join 28 other nations next week at Greenacres Ice Rink, all trying to secure a top four finish, guaranteeing qualification for the World Mixed Doubles Championships 2020 in Canada.
Team Ireland are Alison Fyfe and John Wilson. Both have previous experience at World Championship level. Alison represented Ireland (with dad Neil) at the 2016 and 2017 championships and John (with Louise Kerr) played for Team Ireland at this year’s championships in April.
After an initial group of seven round-robin, Ireland will be hoping to make the play-off games for world ranking. Beginning on Monday, December 2nd, Ireland’s duo will play Romania, Turkey, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium.
The competition finishes on Saturday, December 7th.
Great news this morning from the Edinburgh Seniors! Ireland’s senior men are into the final. They beat Mike Dick 6-4 in the semi and now meet John Duff’s team in the battle for the top spot at 2.30pm today.
Good luck to Bill. David, Neil and Ross.
Update – our men lost the final 7-4 after a great game and a terrific run at the Edinburgh International Seniors 2019. Well done to Team Duff.
Ireland lost their last 16 game this morning in the World Mixed Championships in Aberdeen and bow out of the competition after a terrific run.
Despite Denmark forcing a steal of one point in the first end, the sides went into the break level at 3-3. However, in the second half Denmark scored a single point in the fifth end, before the pressure they had been applying began to take effect, allowing them to steal two points in the sixth and seventh ends an take the win.
Danish skip, Tobias Thune talked about their performance, saying “I think that in this game we played quite well as a unit. I had some hard shots, but I also had a few easy shots, just playing guards because our front end had played so well.”
Denmark will now play Canada in this evening’s quarter-final.
The Irish team have done themselves proud this week and have gelled as a team that hopefully will get even better, and further, in the future.
Well done John, Ailsa, Craig, Niamh and coach David!