World Mixed profile 4 – Ross Barr

World Senior's Curling Championship 2016, Karlstad, SwedenWorld Senior bronze medal winner Ross will be playing second stones in the Irish team in Kazan, so let’s see what Ross likes to get up to:

Name? – Ross Barr
Age? – 62
Occupation? – Retired Civil Engineer
In-turn or out-turn? In-Turn
Best ever curling memory? – Winning a bronze medal at the World Senior Curling Championships in Karlstad, 2016
If you had to switch careers, what job would you do? – Architect (large bridges)
Apart from the ICA, what website do you spend the most time on?  – www.chess.com
Best / worst subjects at school? – Physics/French
Who’d be your four ideal dinner guests? – Brian Cox, Ruth Davidson, Jeremy Vine, Judy Murray – No shortage of discussion topics!
Earliest curling related memory? ­– Chasing stones around Crossmyloof
Favourite curling destination and why? – Cortina (Dolomites) has a well organised summer social competition in a spectacular mountain setting. (And provides prizes of locally produced cheese and ham).
How do you relax away from work (and curling)? – Glass of Montepulciano on the garden swing beside Alison and her G&T.
The person you most admire, alive or dead, and why? – Stephen Hawkins because of his scientific achievements and fight against motor neuron
What did you have for breakfast this morning? Porridge.

Worls Mixed profile 3 – Jacqui Davidson

jacqui-pictureNewly-wed Jacqui is making her international debut for Ireland at the World Mixed, playing with dad Ross, so let’s find out a bit about the team rookie :
Name? – Jacqui Davidson
Age? – 30
Occupation? – Chartered Accountant
Status? – Newly married
Years curling? – Fourth year curling
Home club and ice rink? – Bearsden; Braehead Curling Rink
Favourite sport outside curling:
To watch? – Road cycling
To play? – Mountain biking and Trail Running
Who would you really like to meet? – Ulei Steck; Swiss mountaineer renowned for his speed climbing. I have seen a number of his climbing films and his passion and drive for what he does is inspiring.
Favourite TV programme? – Made in Chelsea (guilty pleasure)
Favourite holiday destination and why? – Italy for the good food, good wine and the stunning scenery. I love going on an adventure holiday, there is nothing better than a big day out followed by a well-earned meal in the evening.
Favourite other Irish curler and why? – I would have to say my Dad. Not only for winning the bronze medal at this year’s World Senior Championships, but for the support and encouragement that he has given me which has led me to this exciting opportunity to be part of the Irish Mixed Team!
You can save one prized possession. What is it? – My mountain bike! I brought it back from Canada last year and I have had some great adventures with it – including my honeymoon.
Who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with? – Bradley Cooper.
Sum yourself up in five words – Happy, enthusiastic, determined, stubborn and fun.

ECC-C League – profile 7 – Alan Mitchell

AlanMitchellProfilePicHere’s Alan’s take on life….

Name – Alan Mitchell
Age – 46
Occupation – Fashion Designer

Three things you really like?  the beach, Tom Roche, Baxter the dog

Three things that really annoy you? People who are always late, cauliflower, litter

Three things from your ‘bucket list’ – sail the Atlantic, visit Antarctica, Surfing in Hawaii

What was the last film you saw?  The Force Awakens

And the last book you read? Billy Grump

Give us a playlist of five of your favourite songs (and artists) –
Dignity, Deacon Blue
Nothing Compares to U, Prince
Open your eyes, Snow Patrol
Tinseltown in the Rain, The Blue Nile
Sweet Dreams , Eurythmics

And one song you never want to hear again?
Karioke from Tom Roche

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?
Scottish football 1988-2000

What’s your favourite meal?
Fish + Chips

Washed down by?
Irn Brew

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people?
Once caddied for golf superstar Payne Stewart

You can save one prized possession. What is it?
Baxter the Dog

What keeps you awake at night?
nothing, not even Tom Roche’s snoring

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
What’s the worse that can happen?

ECC – C League – profile 6 – Tom Roche

Ton RoacheTom on the spot…

Name – Tom Roche

Age – Over 50
Occupation -Service Leader

Three things you really like? –Family, Food & Fast Cars. (Fast Women days are Over). 

Three things that really annoy you? – Self important people.Bad Driving and 

Two things from your ‘bucket list’ – Win a Curling Medal for Ireland.See Ewan & Erin into Adulthood.(Ewan or his PlayStation may not make it).

What was the last film you saw? Deadpool.

And the last book you read? Who has time to read a book. I’m the Daddy Taxi and No-1 fixer..(parents will understand). 

Give us a playlist of five of your favourite songs (and artists) –
Pharrell williams, I’m Happy. 
Swedish House Mafia, Don’t worry Child.
Gotye,Somebody I use to know.
Avicii,Hey Brother.
Ed Sheeran, Sing.

And one song you never want to hear again? – Gummy Bear, I’m a Gummy Bear.(I have it on my playlist for my Daughter).

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind? – Life, and what not to do.

What’s your favourite meal? Enchiladas 

Washed down by?  A Corona.

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people? I Raced Stock Cars for years ( which helped on the Roads of Dubai).

You can save one prized possession. What is it? My I-Phone 6.

What keeps you awake at night? Nothing.live life well, sleep well.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Be the best you can be,life is to short for anything else .(From My Dad)

ECC – C League – profile 5 – Bob Sherrard

Bob SherrardLet’s find out about Bob…..

Name – Bob Sherrard

Age – 32
Occupation – Gardener
Status – single
Children – none
Years curling – 2
Home club and ice rink – Dunblane/BlairDrummond, Stirling

Favourite sport outside curling:
To watch – I’ll watch anything
To play – more likely to be hiking up a munro

Who would you really like to meet? – Sir David Attenborough 

Favourite TV programme? – nothing recent, The Shield

Favourite holiday destination and why? Lived for a year in South Korea and would love to go back, maybe Pyeongchang 2018!

Favourite other Irish curler and why? – Tom Roche, the saviour of our team and secretly hoping he does all the sweeping!

You can save one prized possession. What is it? – Don’t possess it yet, prob my hiking boots

Who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with? – Ray Mears, Stevie Gerrard, Jennifer Lawrence Derren Brown, Rachel Weisz

Sum yourself up in five words   I’m from Norn Iron, I wear my heart on my sleeve

ECC- C League – profile 4

Andrew GAndrew’s turn….

Name – Andrew Gilmore

Age -17
Occupation – Student
Status? – Single
Children – none
Years curling – 7
Home club and ice rink – Logan – Stranraer Ice Rink

Favourite sport outside curling:
To watch – Snooker
To play –  Sailing

Who would you really like to meet? – Dara O’Briain

Favourite TV programme? – Game of Thrones

Favourite holiday destination and why? – Spain – Sun and Sea

Favourite other Irish curler and why? – PJD Wilson – Sense of humour, not quite as keen on his tactics…

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

Who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with? – Bear Grylls, Emilia Clarke, Rob Brydon, Jennifer Lawrence

Sum yourself up in five words – Honest, Reliable, easy going person.

ECC – C League – profile 3 – John Gilmore

Here’s the first of the men’s team – 5th man John:

John GilmoreName –  John McWilliam Gilmore

Age –  60
Occupation –  self employed – B&B and Holiday Cottages
Status – Married
Children –  Andrew – age 17
Years curling –  42 years
Home club and ice rink – Stranraer ice rink, Logan club

Favourite sport outside curling:
To watch –     Rugby
To play –        Sailing

Who would you really like to meet? –  Shakira

Favourite TV programme? –  Would I lie to you.

Favourite holiday destination and why? – Balearics Islands – not long flight and the weather

Favourite other Irish curler and why? – My son Andrew – he scored 56 in the points and I would like to match that.

You can save one prized possession. What is it? – My Irish stripe!

Who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with? – Mans best friend, our boxer dog Cara

Sum yourself up in five words – Reliable, punctual, trustworthy, happy person

ECC-C League – profile 2 – Katie Kerr

Katie KKatie’s turn….

Name – Katie “KT” Kerr

Age – Old enough
Occupation? – Actress and peanut butter maker
Where is home? – Los Angeles

Who would play you in a movie of your life? –  Louise said I can’t play myself, so I guess Jillian Bell.

Your best quality? –  Sense of humor.

And your worst? –  I can’t cook.

Top of your wish list? – Hike and camp along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I’m finally doing it this fall!

On a day off we’ll find you? –  At the movies by myself with a large popcorn that I don’t have to share.

Starstruck moment? – Leonardo DiCaprio walked into a sushi restaurant my dad and I were eating at recently and I immediately started to hyperventilate and cry. I wanted to FaceTime Alison Fyfe so she could cry with me but it was the middle of the night for her.

Your coffee order? – Large Americano with a dash of milk and one sugar.

Where would you time travel to? – Back to when the Spice Girls were still a group and hadn’t broken up yet.

What do you like spending money on? –  Travelling and donuts.

Most underrated virtue? – Spontaneity.

Celebrity crush? – Severus Snape.

Philosophy of life? – You’ll meet a million people during your life that can help you out but won’t until you make something of yourself. So instead of complaining go make something of yourself.

ECC-C League 2016 – profile 1 – Ailsa Anderson

Don’t put the valium away for the summer just yet. The Irish mens and womens teams are in Slovenia for the European Curling Championship C Division, which starts tomorrow. Good luck to them all and let’s have a closer look at our representatives……

First up for their profiles is ladies skip Ailsa:

AilsaAndersonProfilePicName – Ailsa Anderson
Age – 27
Occupation – Planner/ Surveyor

Three things you really like? – Travelling, chocolate, flexi-time

Three things that really annoy you? – Rudeness, bad drivers, when people spell my name wrong.

Three things from your ‘bucket list’ – Play in a WCF Worlds event, learn Gaelic and get a tattoo.

What was the last film you saw? Never Been Kissed (naughties classic!)

And the last book you read? Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

Give us a playlist of three of your favourite songs (and artists)
Colorblind, Counting Crows
Are you with me, Easton Corbin
I love to boogie, T-Rex

And one song you never want to hear again? – The crazy frog song.

What’s your favourite meal? – Christmas Dinner

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people? – Prime numbers are my favourite.

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

What keeps you awake at night? – The telling off I’ll get from Coach if I wreck on guards…

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Curling – You can never take enough ice.
Life – Hakuna matata.

WSCC -16 profile 5 – Tony Tierney

TT‘Two-ticks’ Tony steps onto the hack………

Name – Tony ‘Tick’ Tierney
Age – 66
Occupation? – Financial Advisor
Where is home? – Uplawmoor

Who would play you in a movie of your life? – George Clooney

Your best quality? –   never being wrong…..I never made a mistaje in my life. I thought I did once, but I was wrong!

And your worst? –  over sweeping Johnjo’s stones

Top of your wish list? –  To own one of Steve McQueen’s motor bikes

On a day off we’ll find you? –  working towards getting another day off!!

Starstruck moment? –  .Meeting Charlotte for the first time

Your coffee order? –  black Americano no sugar

Where would you time travel to? – back to a film set in the sixties to meet Steve McQueen

What do you like spending money on? –   old film dvds

Most underrated virtue? – .Modesty

Celebrity crush? –  Peter Wilson

Philosophy of life? – I am old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway, or……. I like to live in the past….its cheaper!!