The news section of this website relates to British Curling Teams selections and results.
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.”
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
1. Hannah Fleming
2. Lauren Gray
3. Jennifer Dodds
4. Abi Brown
5. Alice Spence
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.
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:
Hamilton McMillan Jnr
Selections are valid from 1st May 2013 to 31st July 2014.
Sochi Winter Olympic & Paralympic Selection
As previously announced, athletes wishing to be considered for selection for GB Curling and Wheelchair Curling teams to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games need to register between 1st - 31st May, 2013.
Registration forms are now available for download from the 'Policies' page of the British Curling website (Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Selection Documentation section)
The forms are available in both Excel and Opens Source format (.xls and .ods files)
For any further enquiries regarding the process, policies or in case of difficulties downloading the forms please contact
2013 World University Games Selection Process
Following publication of the selection policy for the 2013 World University Games. The application forms for athletes wishing to be considered for selection are now available to be downloaded from the 'Policies' page of the British Curling website.
The forms are available in both Excel and Open Source format (.xls and .ods files)
Important dates to note;
1. Athletes wishing to be considered for selection must submit their application forms 1st - 15th March
2. Selection meeting to create shortlist of athletes to attend an on-ice selection day - week beginning 25th March
3. On ice selection day - Peak Ice rink, Stirling - Sat 27th April
4. Final selection meeting to select teams - 2nd May, 2013
Any questions, or problems downloading the relevant documents, please contact the Performance Director on
2013-2014 Performance Programme Application Forms
The appliction forms for athletes wishing to be considered for selection to the World Class Performance Curling and Wheelchair Curling Programmes are now available to be downloaded from the 'Policies' page of the British Curling Website
The forms are available in both Excel and Open Source format (.xls and .ods files)
1. The application window for athletes wishing to be considered for selection to submit their forms is 1st - 19th February 2013.
2. The application is for athletes wishing to be considered for the World Class Performance Programmes only. Athletes wishing to be considered for the Royal Club Academy and Talent programmes and the SWCA Spokes programmes should complete the separate processes for those programmes which can be found on the respective websites.
3. This process is for the World Class Performance Programmes only and not for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Teams - a separate process for these teams is detailed in the respective selection policies.
4. Any questions, or problems downloading the relevant documents, please contact the Performance Director on
2014 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Selection Process
The outline policies and process for selection of GB Teams for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi have been published following agreement with the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association.
They can be found on the 'Policies' page of the British Curling Website (Sochi 2014 WinterOlympic and Paralympic Selection Documentation section)
For full details of the policies please contact the Performance Director on
Registration documents will be published and available to download from the website during April.
2013 Winter University Games Selection Policy
The selection policy for the GB Curling Teams to compete at the 2013 Winter University Games to be held in Trentino, ITA on 11 - 21 December 2013 has been published.
It can be found on the 'Policies' page of the British Curling website
And on the BUCS website
Further details on the 2013 Winter University Games can be found at
2013 - 2014 Programme selection policies
The selection policies for the 2013-14 Curling and Wheelchair Curling World Class Performance Programmes have been published.
They can be found on the 'Policies' page of the British Curling website http://www.britishcurling.org.uk/policy-plans.asp
Those athletes that have accepted their places on the British and Scottish Performance Curling Programmes for Men, Women and Wheelchair curlers, are listed under the Athletes tab on this website. Summer on-ice training has commenced and induction takes place on 27 May in Stirling.
Announcement of athletes selected to the British and Scottish Performance Curling Programmes for Men, Women and Wheelchair curlers. See names under the Athletes tab.