Sunday, April 12, 2009

World Deaf Championships

The Heather Curling Club in Winnipeg is hosting the 1st World Deaf Curling Championship this week. Great Britain has a male and female team in the competition, these teams sanctioned by UK Deaf Sport and supported by the British Deaf Sports Council.

Both teams have representation from England and Scotland. The men will be skipped by the experienced Peter Stark from Pitlochry (Peter was the icemaster at the much missed Atholl rink) with former Currie and Balerno member Michael Stubbs of Edinburgh also in the starting line up. Daniel Webster, McKinlay Bradshaw and Robert Childs are the other members of the squad, based at Fenton’s Rink in Kent.

Laura Spence and Grainne Abbott of Glasgow are part of the women's team with Jackie Wan, Sarah Gallagher and Kathy Walker. All are new to curling this season. Sheila Swan, the Royal Club's Disability Development Officer, says, "The World Championships will be a massive learning curve for the ladies but all are fully committed to the challenge."

The Scottish team members have benefited greatly from a donation made by the former Gogar Park Ladies' Section which has assisted with the costs of training sessions.

The coach in Canada is Chris Robinson.

The GB teams have their first games today, Sunday. The women are against Croatia, the men play Finland. To follow the progress of the Great Britain teams go here. There are five countries in the men's event: Switzerland, Canada, USA as well as GB and Finland, and five also in the women's competition: Slovakia, Croatia, Canada, USA and GB.

It also looks as if there will be webcasting from the event, see here.

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