ROCKFEST OFFERS CHANCE FOR FUTURE OLYMPIANS TO SHINE IN SEASON’S FINALE
The best of British Curling’s up and coming talent will get one last chance to demonstrate their potential this season at Rockfest, the 2020/21 finale at the National Curling Academy in Stirling.
The multi-discipline event will pit the governing body’s Performance Foundation teams against one another at the end of a season that has provided them with a series of invaluable opportunities to compete with the leading contenders for next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, due to the enforced increase in focus on domestic competition during lockdown.
“We have made the very best of the challenging environment that confronted us at British Curling, introducing a string of competitions that allowed our world class players to maintain their competitive edge”, said Performance Foundation Manager David Aitken.
“A huge knock-on benefit of that has been the developmental opportunity that has provided for our Performance Foundation teams and Rockfest now represents an opportunity for us to assess what they have learned from that experience and how much it has accelerated the development of both individual and teams.”
The event gets underway tomorrow at 2pm with teams competing in mixed curling, followed by mixed doubles and a hot shots competition on Saturday before the event concludes with Sunday skins games.
“We have a mixed bag of disciplines this weekend which will really test our young curlers in every aspect of the game,” said Aitken.
“To add to that we will be live streaming some of the games so others can watch this domestic event in our high performance facility and we anticipate the event being fiercely contested by all those taking part.
“Our Performance Foundation athletes have responded exceptionally well to the opportunity that was provided by the events we ran throughout the season with all our programme athletes and the need to operate within the protocols British Curling adopted (in accordance with sportscotland and government guidance) to ensure the safety of all its players and staff.
“We hope very much that this event and all those staged in the NCA since September have kept our future world champions and Olympians on track, as we look towards the return of competition schedules in the season to come.”
*Live streamed games available from https://www.youtube.com/c/britishcurling
Friday 16 April
Draw 1 – 14.00 – Mixed Curling
Draw 2 – 18.00 – Mixed Curling
Saturday 17 April
Draw 3 – 09.00 – Mixed Doubles
Draw 4 – 12.15 – Mixed Doubles
Draw 5 – 15.30 – Hot Shots competition
Draw 6 – 17.45 – Mixed Doubles
Sunday 18 April
Draw 7 – 09.00 – Mixed Skins
Draw 8 – 13.00 – Mixed Skins
Images: PPA Graeme Hart.