If you weren’t already aware, this week is a pretty big one for our sport as the World Curling Federation holds its inaugural congress at the Turnberry Resort in Ayrshire.
The event began this evening and runs right through to Saturday morning. It replaces the previous format of two meetings – one at the European Championships and the other at the Worlds.
110 representatives from 38 national associations will be in attendance. John Brown is one of them and he has posted the full timetable of events on his blog here.
Two items on the schedule stand out. The new constitution proposes the setting up of continental commissions – if approved, this will surely spell the end for the European Curling Federation. Watch this space…
Thursday afternoon sees an open meeting regarding membership applications. The Kosovo question will be rearing its head again having been set aside from the last meeting in April in Basel. Will Kosovo become the WCF’s 50th member?
Delegates will also be visiting the Kays of Scotland factory at Mauchline, curling at Ayr and playing a few rounds of golf.
I hope all the delegates enjoy their stay in Scotland and I eagerly await the outcomes of the big issues being discussed.
As you can imagine, this is a very busy time for our sport’s governing body. Despite this, I was lucky enough to be able to pay them a visit last Friday:
That’s the plaque outside the front door. You could be forgiven for walking straight past this unassuming little building by the river. In fact, save for this sign and a few curling stones on the floor of the entrance hall you would never know that this was the headquarters of a sport’s governing body.
Inside, I was shown the boxes containing all the major trophies for the upcoming season. Alas, I didn’t get to raise the World Men’s trophy aloft – one can dream…
The small size and relative tranquility of the office was deceptive, however. The busy nature of the place was apparent – desks covered in event schedules and to-do lists, a Skype conversation between Secretary General Colin Grahamslaw and Competitions Director Keith Wendorf, travel plans for the season’s events. A curling admin fan’s dream.
That’s Thelma Black in her office. She is in charge of finance and will no doubt have a key role to play at Turnberry this week.
Finally, here’s Assistant Media Relations Officer Danny Parker working on the website for the 2013 Women’s Worlds in Latvia. Danny was my host for the afternoon and he gave me an insight into how the media works at the WCF, his thoughts on the upcoming congress and his experiences of world-wide travel to events. It is no wonder that his passport is out – the travel schedule is a daunting one. The first big trip for Danny and the staff is Naseby, New Zealand for the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in November.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Perth – two free pens and a copy of the rulebook did help I have to confess…
I would like to thank everyone at the WCF for making my visit so informative and friendly. If you don’t already have their website bookmarked then I strongly recommend it.