The British Curling Performance Programme is delivered by a Performance Director, three Head Coaches (men’s, women’s and wheelchair curling) and supported by two High Performance Coaches.
In addition, further coaching and performance support staff may be appointed for specific projects on a short-term basis. For example, this may include support for British representative teams at major championships/events. These and any other short-term appointments made in supporting the delivery of the performance plan would also come under the management responsibility of the Performance Director.
Bruce Crawford - Chief Operating Officer
As part of Bruce's role as Chief Executive Officer for the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, he has executive responsibilities for British Curling as our Chief Operating Officer. He leads on policy development and supports the board of directors in achieving the strategic aims of British Curling.
Bruce has worked in sports management for 24 years in public, private and voluntary sectors. He spent 11 years as CEO of Scottish National Ski Council/Snowsport Scotland and spent three years in sports management consultancy prior to working in curling.
Dave Crosbee - Performance Director
Dave brings a wide range of experiences to the PD role, which he took up in January 2011. Firstly, as an athlete representing GB at Junior and Senior level in Canoe Slalom from 1983 through to 1995. After retirement as an athlete he moved into coaching, working for the GB and Irish teams, successfully holding head coach responsibilities at European and World Championships and as Irish Head Coach at the Sydney Olympics. In 2003 he moved to Scotland to take a role within the Scottish Institute of Sport, which involved being the key liaison between sports and athletes and the support provided by the institute, Curling being one of the many sports Dave worked closely with during this time. He has attended four summer and one winter Olympic Games in a number of different roles and took the role of Deputy Chef de Mission at the 2009 Winter University Games in Harbin, working closely with the ski and snowboard teams.
Tony Zummack - Head Coach, Wheelchair Curling
Tony's sporting life started as an ice hockey player before he began curling and noticed the distinct lack of technical and tactical knowledge that was coached in the sport of curling to that of ice hockey. This really motivated Tony to become involved in the instruction of able-bodied curling and encouraged his growth in the coaching stream of sports. In 2003 he became the Curling Director at the prestigious Glencoe Club in Calgary. As well as looking after the curling programmes for 250 members the position gave him the opportunity to continue his sporting education by attending the National Coaching Institute at the University of Calgary. Tony has a Level 4 coaching certification from the National Coaching Certification Program in Canada.
In 2007 he began coaching the Alberta Provincial Wheel chair curling team and guided them to a silver medal that year at the Canadian National Championships. One athlete from that team was selected the following year for the Canadian Paralympic Curling Team that won gold at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver. He was hired in December 2010 by sportscotland and moved to Stirling, in April 2011 to begin work with the wheelchair curling athletes and is hugely motivated by his current role and the ultimate challenge of Sochi 2014.
Rhona Martin - Head Coach, Women
Rhona was a competitive Curler for over 20 years at Scottish and GB level and retired in 2007.
She then spent 3 years training on the UK Sport Elite Coach Programme whilst delivering the Performance Development Coach role within the national governing body for curling, the Royal Caledoanian Curling Club, looking after the National and Regional Academies.
Rhona was appointed to be the Head Coach for the Women's programme in January 2010.
Soren Gran - Head Coach, Men
Soren began curling in 1977 when the World Championships was held in his hometown of Karlstad, Sweden. His first World Junior Championships was in 1979 in Moose Jaw, Canada. He went on to win the World Junior Champs in 1982 and was a semi finalist in the World Men's Champs in same year. He represented Sweden by curling in the Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996 and continued to play at international level until 2000.
From 2000 Soren started coaching curling and progressed to working with international teams. During 2003-06 he coached the Norwegian Ladies' team. From 2007-11 he coached the Swedish men's team.
Professionally Soren worked as retail manager with H&M clothing stores, where he developed marketing and management skills and experience. He joined the staff on the British and Scottish Curling programme in 2011 and is coaching the men's teams working towards Sochi 2014.