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Vacancy: Performance Director Curling         

Performance Director   

High Performance Curling Programme

Salary: Commensurate with Role

Fixed Term - Available for 4 years

Based at sportscotland institute of sport (Stirling, Scotland)

The World Class Curling Programme was created in partnership with British Curling, UK Sport, sportscotland and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club and in the last for years has delivered several notable successes on the world stage, such as:

2014:  Sochi Winter Olympics: Men’s Silver and Women’s Bronze
2014:  Paralympic Bronze
2013/14: Women’s European Silver, Men’s European Bronze, World Uni Men’s Silver
2012/13: Women’s World Gold, Mens World Bronze, Women’s European Silver
2011/12: World Men’s Silver
2010/11: World Men’s Silver, World Wheelchair Silver

There are ambitious plans in place for the next Olympic/Paralympic quadrennial that will build on the these successes to further develop a world class sporting system.

Based at the sportscotland Institute of Sport in Stirling, Scotland  the Performance Director will lead the High Performance Curling Programme. The successful candidate will have an exceptional understanding of High Performance sport and possess the skills to set up a World Class Performance programme within a recognised “Winning Formula” model.  Excellent leadership and motivational skills and the ability to devise and deliver a strategy for the World Class Performance Programme for Curling are essential, as are excellent communication skills and the ability to withstand the pressures of a performance environment.

Curling knowledge and experience is not essential but a strong track record in the sporting field as a leader in a Head Coach/manager capacity or similar is required.

It is anticipated that selection assessments will take place during the month of May.

sportscotland is an equitable employer and operates a child protection policy.

Click to download the Performance Director Job Description

For an application pack, please visit www.sportscotland.org.uk/jobs

Closing date for completed applications: 23rd April 2014

 

22/02/2014  Team GB Curling teams both win medals.

 

 

The Men's Curling Team won Silver and the Women's Curling Team won bronze medals in Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the end of a successful campaign for Team GB.

06/02/2014 Team GB Winter Olympic Curling Latest For all the latest Olympic Curling news including full reports, reaction and up-dates shortly after every curling session of play throughout the Winter Olympic Games please go to the links below:

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club:

http://royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org/blog/team-gb-winter-olympic-curling-latest/

Team GB:

http://live.teamgb.com/

 

04/12/2013  Lauren Gray Joins Team GB For Sochi 2013

The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced the curling alternate selected for Team GB for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as Lauren Gray. Gray joins Eve Muirhead, Claire Hamilton, Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams as they look to add Olympic gold in 2014 to their 2013 world title and 2013 European silver medal.

• Lauren Gray – alternate
• Eve Muirhead – skip
• Claire Hamilton – lead
• Vicki Adams – second
• Anna Sloan – third

Muirhead’s rink have been competing together in senior competitions since the 2011-12 season, winning the European title and finishing sixth in their first World Championship. They built on that success with wins at the World Championship and Players’ Championship last season and a silver at the Europeans this season.
Now all in their early 20s, the rink have been competing together for seven years in various teams throughout their junior careers. Gray started her curling career at the age of eight and is no stranger to the Olympic environment having won gold playing second at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in 2009. She was part of the rink that won gold at the World University Games in 2011 and was crowned world junior champion in 2012.
After winning the World Championships as alternate with Eve Muirhead at the start of the year, Lauren completed her university degree over the summer. On the same day she was formally selected for Sochi, she graduated with a 2:1 in English Literature and Politics from Glasgow University.
Team GB have won two curling gold medals at past Olympic Winter Games, the most recent as Rhona Howie (previously known as Rhona Martin) skipped her rink to victory in a nail-biting final against Switzerland at the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics. Howie is now the current women’s Head Coach and is hoping to use her experience to guide the rink to success in Sochi.

On her selection Lauren Gray commented:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to represent Team GB in Sochi. I have been working extremely hard since the last Olympic cycle to achieve as much as I can within the curling circuit to give myself the best possible chance of being selected for Sochi.
“I was honoured to be picked by British Curling to be Team Muirhead’s alternate at the World Championships earlier this year and more recently at the European Championships. I’m hoping that these experiences have given me the tools to support the girls in any way needed to help them achieve their Olympic dreams.
“I’m privileged to have been invited to join one of the best curling teams in the world on their journey to success in Sochi. I’m looking forward to the hard work this selection will entail!”

Team GB’s Chef de Mission for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Mike Hay said:

“I am delighted to welcome Lauren Gray to Team GB and the curling team that will be competing at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Lauren was part of the team that secured the gold medal at the World Championships and silver at the European Champs last month.
“The women’s curling team clearly has medal potential and is certainly one to watch in Sochi.”

Team GB Curling Team Leader Dave Crosbee commented:

“ Lauren has done a fantastic job as part of the successful teams at the 2013 World and European Championships, so it is great that we are in a position to nominate another strong athlete to the British Olympic Association to represent Team GB at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. We look forward to continuing to support Lauren and the rest of the team in their preparations, and put them in the best position possible to challenge for the greatest prize in any Olympic athlete’s career.”

British Curling Women’s Head Coach Rhona Howie added:
“Being chosen to represent one’s country and Team GB at the Olympics is the highlight of any athlete’s career and I’d like to congratulate Lauren on her well deserved selection as alternate.
“I am proud to be their Head Coach and look forward to helping the team continue on their journey to the Games, with the help and support of a number of partners including British Curling, The Royal Caledonian Curling Club, UK Sport, the sportscotland institute of sport and the National Lottery.”

 

28/08/2013  Team GB Female Curlers Named For Sochi 2014     

The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced four female curlers as the first athletes to officially be selected for Team GB for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Eve Muirhead, who skipped her team (rink) to gold in the World Championships in March this year with a last stone victory over Sweden, will once again be joined by Claire Hamilton, Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams as they look to add Olympic gold in 2014 to their 2013 world title.
•Eve Muirhead (pictured right) – skip (born: Stirling, lives: Stirling)
•Claire Hamilton (pictured left) – lead (born: Lockerbie, lives: Dumfries)
•Vicki Adams (pictured second from left) – second (born: Edinburgh, lives: Alloa)
•Anna Sloan (pictured third from left) – third (born: Lockerbie, lives: Lockerbie)

Muirhead made her Olympic debut when she skipped her rink at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at the age of just 19, finishing seventh. Her teammate Sloan also has experience of competing for Team GB after she skipped her rink to gold at the 2009 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Poland.

Muirhead’s rink have been competing together in senior competitions since the 2011-12 season, winning the European title and finishing sixth in their first World Championship. They built on that success with wins at the World Championship and Players’ Championship last season.

Now all in their early 20s, the rink have been competing together for seven years in various teams throughout their junior careers. Adams was part of Muirhead’s rink in all three of her World Junior title wins as skip, with Sloan also present for two of their triumphs.

Hamilton joined Muirhead’s senior rink in late 2011 but had previously enjoyed success with Sloan as they won the 2011 Universiade for Great Britain and finished ninth at the World Championship the same year for Scotland.

Team GB have won two curling gold medals at past Olympic Winter Games, the most recent as Rhona Howie (previously known as Rhona Martin) skipped her rink to victory in a nail-biting final against Switzerland at the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics. Howie is now the current women’s Head Coach and is hoping to use her experience to guide the rink to success in Sochi.

The gold medal links continue as Howie’s coach from 2002, Mike Hay, is Team GB’s Chef de Mission for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Hay, a World Championship silver medallist himself, thinks Muirhead and her team are well set for success in Sochi.

Team GB’s Chef de Mission for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Mike Hay said, “I am delighted to welcome the curlers as the first members of Team GB. They are reigning World Champions and earned the right for Team GB to be represented at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games with their performances at the past two World Championships.
The 2013 season was their best ever, adding the Players’ Championships to their world crown so they know how to win and what it takes to be successful at major events.
With Eve skipping the rink they also have Olympic experience to draw on from Vancouver 2010 so they are well equipped to challenge for medals in Sochi.”

Eve Muirhead, skip, said: “I am thrilled to be part of Team GB in Sochi.  This will be my second Olympics and I’m excited – having won the worlds this year we want to continue our winning streak.
It’s not often we get to compete as Team GB and, as proud as we are to compete for Scotland, it’s great to be part of a British team too.”

Claire Hamilton, lead, commented: “I am delighted to be selected as part of Team GB for Sochi.  It is a dream come true to have the opportunity to compete at an Olympic Winter Games, especially when you get to share the experience with your teammates.
I’d like to thank all of the coaches and support staff who have helped me so much along the way and my friends and family for their continued support.”

Vicki Adams, second, added: “I am absolutely delighted to be chosen to compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.  All the hard work that has been put in by the team over the last two years has really paid off and is a dream come true.
It would have been impossible to come this far without the support which we receive from British Curling, the sportscotland Institute of Sport, the help of both our Team Coach, Dave Hay, and our National Coach Rhona Howie. Their time and expertise really is priceless.  Last but not least, all my friends and family who have travelled far and wide to support me during my curling career, it really is appreciated.
Its great to be able to work towards the Olympics with these girls. Not only are they team mates, but also best friends. We all know what our final goal at the Olympics is, and are doing as much as we can to give ourselves the best chance.”

Anna Sloan, third, said: “It is a huge relief and honour to be selected to be part of Team GB in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games. We have been working very hard throughout the off season both on ice and in the gym and are now ready to start the competition period in the build-up to the Games to ensure we are at our peak level of performance.
The best thing about being part of a team is that you are with a group of people that all share the same passion and goals as you do. Whether it be being part of Team Muirhead or the whole of Team GB, we will all be able to support each other throughout the Olympic experience.”

Team GB Curling Team Leader Dave Crosbee said: “I’d like to congratulate all the athletes in being selected, and they should be incredibly proud of their achievements so far, achievements that have resulted in their selections.
It is thanks to the support from a number of partners including British Curling, The Royal Caledonian Curling Club, UK Sport, the sportscotland institute of sport and the National Lottery that our curlers are as well prepared for a major Games as they ever have been.”

British Curling Women’s Head Coach Rhona Howie said: “Competing at an Olympics is the highlight of any athlete’s career and I’d like to congratulate each of the girls on their selection – they’re a very talented team and they all richly deserve their places on the flight to Sochi.
I am proud to be their Head Coach and look forward to helping them continue on their journey to the Games.”

 

08/05/2013 - Wheelchair Curlers Selected For Team GB Sochi 2014                                              

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) today announced the first four athletes who have been selected to represent ParalympicsGB at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

The selected athletes who are selected for Wheelchair Curling are Gregor Ewan (Elgin, Morayshire), Tom Killin (Edinburgh), Aileen Neilson (Strathaven) and Robert McPherson (Bellshill).

Great Britain won silver in Wheelchair Curling at the 2006 Paralympic Games in Turin. The team, which competes as Team Scotland at World Championship level, has produced strong performances at international competitions between the last Games in Vancouver, including silver at the 2011 World Championships.

Tom Killin is the most experienced athlete on the team, having previously represented Great Britain at the 1980 and 1984 Paralympic Games. He will make his third appearance in Wheelchair Curling for ParalympicsGB in Sochi, having already competed in that sport at both Vancouver 2010 and Turin 2006, where the team won silver.

Commenting on his selection, Killin said: “I am over the moon to be selected for Sochi 2014. This will be my fifth Paralympics and I am as excited today as I was on my first selection [to compete in Wheelchair Fencing] for Arnhem 1980.”

Aileen Neilson joins Killin in the line-up and makes her second appearance for ParalympicsGB after making her debut at the 2010 Vancouver games, where the team finished in sixth place.

Speaking of her selection, Neilson said: “Competing at a Paralympic Games is the pinnacle of any athlete’s career, and I’m so pleased to be representing ParalympicsGB for the second time in Sochi. It is a real honour to be named as Skip for the team, and I’m really looking forward to the next few months as we make our final preparations for the Games.”

Gregor Ewan and Robert McPherson are set to make their Paralympic debut. Both players have established good team-work with Killin and Neilson, having competed as part of Team Scotland at the 2013 World Championships in February this year. The quartet will benefit from their experience on the ice at those World Championships, which were also held in Sochi.

Tony Zummack, Head Coach of the Wheelchair Curling team, was delighted to name the first British athletes to compete at Sochi 2014, saying: “Aileen, Gregor, Robert and Tom have shown an ability to be an efficient team on ice and I look forward to giving them the opportunity to continue to develop their team identity and work closely with each other over the coming months.

“We will continue to practice with purpose and thanks to the support of British Curling’s partners at UK Sport, Sportscotland, Royal Caledonian Curling Club and the British Paralympic Association we will be best prepared to compete with the other nations at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. I feel very confident in their ability, desire and commitment.”

Penny Briscoe, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB at Sochi 2014, was thrilled with the news. “With just over six months to go until competition gets under way, it is very exciting to announce the first athletes who will represent ParalympicsGB at Sochi 2014. I’d like to congratulate the athletes on their selection and recognise the hard work and the commitment to their sport which they have demonstrated. This work will continue over the coming months, as we support the team to ensure they are best prepared to compete against an increasingly competitive field at Sochi 2014.”
Further team announcements for Sochi 2014 will be made over the coming months, with Alpine Skiing and Ice Sledge Hockey still in the final stages of qualification.

The announcement was made in Glasgow, alongside the first athletes selected to represent Team GB at the 2014 Olympic Games.

 

2013 Winter Universities Games Team Nomination Announcement

The following athletes have been nominated by British Curling to British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) to represent Great Britain at the 2013 Winter University Games to be held in Trentino Italy 11- 21st December 2013

Women
1. Hannah Fleming
2. Lauren Gray
3. Jennifer Dodds
4. Abi Brown
5. Alice Spence

Men
1. Kyle Smith
2. Thomas Muirhead
3. Kyle Waddell
4. Cameron Smith
5. Grant Hardie


Following nomination BUCS will review and confirm selections to the Teams, which will remain conditional regarding the athletes maintaining their educational eligibility status up to and during the Games.


Performance Director for British & Scottish Curling, Dave Crosbee – commented “I’d like to congratulate all the athletes we have nominated to BUCS, as it is always a great honour to represent your country at major Games such as WUGS. It is a recognition of the hard work they have put in over the past years, the results they have shown  and British Curling’s belief in their potential to go on to greater things at World, European and Olympic levels. British Curling sees the WUGS as a very important step in the pathway to Olympic success by allowing our athletes to experience another major multisport event against very high levels of competition. I wish all of the athletes the best in their preparations and at the Games themselves.

 

1/5/2013

2013-14 Performance Programme Selections Announced

The athletes selected onto the British & Scottish Performance Programmes for the 2013-14 season have been announced today.

The successful athletes are:

MEN

Podium

Scott Andrews
Tom Brewster
Greg Drummond
Michael Goodfellow
David Murdoch

Performance
Logan Gray
Grant Hardie
Hamilton McMillan Jnr
Jay McWilliam
Billy Morton
Glen Muirhead
Thomas Muirhead
Ross Paterson
Cameron Smith
Kyle Smith
Kyle Waddell
Richard Woods

LADIES

Podium

Vicki Adams
Claire Hamilton
Eve Muirhead
Anna Sloan
Hannah Fleming
Lauren Gray
Jennifer Dodds
Alice Spence

Performance
Mhairi Baird
Jennifer Martin
Sarah Reid
Hazel Smith
Lorna Vevers
Vicki Wright
Rebecca Kesley
Rachel Hannen

WHEELCHAIR

Ian Donaldson
Gregor Ewan
Jim Gault
Gill Keith
Tom Killin
Angie Malone
Robert McPherson
Aileen Neilson

Selections are valid from 1st May 2013 to 31st July 2014.

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• Maximising the preparation of the athletes and teams to perform
• Developing the world's best curling coaching team
• Developing the world's best curling support programme

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