It’s time for another roundup of some off-season curling news…
First of all, the RCCC has announced who has made it onto their Talent Programme for the 2013-14 season. You can find out who the 63 lucky young curlers are here. Will we be seeing some of these names winning medals for Scotland in years to come?
Staying with the RCCC, the winners of the 2013 Scottish Curling Awards have been revealed. Here are the results in full:
Young Curler of the Year – Hannah Fleming
Grassroots Coach of the Year – Andrew Barr
Ice Diamond Award – Norman Cathcart
Team of the Year – Team Scotland (Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton, Lauren Gray, David Hay)
Congratulations to all the winners – you can read more about their achievements here.
Some sad RCCC news to report next and that is the passing of former President Donald L. Whyte. You can read his full obituary here on the RCCC website – Donald was President for the 2002-3 season and the Strathcona Cup captain in 2003.
The final piece of RCCC news for this roundup is that their website now features two new sections – Past Champions and Archive Scores. Details and links to these useful resources are here.
The WCF has had cause to celebrate recently after its Olympic Celebration Tour received a donation of $50,000 from a US charitable foundation. Find out more about the tour and this cash boost here.
We are rapidly approaching just 250 days until the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and today, Thursday, the organising committee has unveiled the medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games – take a look here.
Finally, you may recall that Anette Norberg, arguably the greatest female curler of all time announced her retirement from international competition in April – see my post about her here.
Well, it seems she has been enjoying her retirement as a competitor on Sweden’s answer to Strictly Come Dancing. Together with figure skater Tobias Karlsson, they were eliminated third from the show Let’s Dance – you can watch them perform a tango here.
Suggestions for Scottish curlers and dances they could perform on Strictly to the usual address please – firstname.lastname@example.org
Equally, any curling-dancing puns can be tweeted @tvfth.
Who says off-season has to be boring?