Ross Paterson Embarks on New Voyage
When Ross Paterson boards his flight this morning bound for Canada part of the experience will be entirely new for the man who plays second for Team Brewster, as he departed his job for East Dunbartonshire Council last Friday and makes his first journey as a fully fledged full time athlete.
Speaking ahead of the transatlantic trip that will take his team back to the curling hothouse of Canada which boasts a dearth of talent and many of the best teams in the world, Paterson conceded that the life change had not sunk in yet.
“It was the right time for me to do this in such an important year. It feels brilliant to be supported by my work, by British Curling and also UK Sport to be given the opportunity to do this and I am very happy that I can give my full effort to curling and I know what is ahead of me.
“The change will probably seem more real to me when I return from this trip and I am not spending the flight back thinking about going back to work. The 18 month career break means I can concentrate fully on Team Brewster and hopefully we can go as far as we can go. “
Team Brewster as well as Team Murdoch, Team Smith and Team Mouat will compete in the Stu Sells Tankard which gets underway in Oakville, Ontario from Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 September, before Teams Murdoch and Brewster head to the Shorty Jenkins Classic also in Ontario, four days later.
The competition between the men ‘s teams has probably never been greater since all are chasing points this season to qualify as the GB Olympic representatives at the next Games, which is the pinnacle of the sport.
Paterson added, “I am really excited about the season ahead and our schedule is as busy as ever.
“For our team our goal is to chase those points as we are on the brink of qualifying for the grand slam competitions. Everyone wants to get in the door to those events where you compete against the best teams in the world and it gives you more opportunities to score more points. We want to be involved in them and it is very close now.”