The British Curling Performance Programme is delivered by a Performance Director, Head of Coaching for Olympic (men & women) a Head Coach of Wheelchair Curling, two Performance Coaches. The sportscotland Institute of Sport is responsible for the contractual employment of the staff.
Additional 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.
Graeme Thompson - Performance Director
Graeme was appointed the Performance Director for Curling in July 2014 and is responsible for the performance end of the sport in Britain. Formerly Performance Director for GB Waterpolo and Rugby League, he has previously worked for three years at UK Sport as a Performance Advisor across a number of sports, including Curling. Graeme is a graduate of Moray House where he studied Recreation and went on to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Coaching.
Tony Zummack - Head of Coaching
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 coached the British Team to Paralympic Bronze in Sochi 2014.
In May 2015 Tony took on a new role as Head of Coaching in the British programme for Olympic curling. He is hugely motivated by his new role and the ultimate challenge of preparing teams for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Sheila Swan - Head Coach - Wheelchair Curling
Sheila Swan was appointed to lead the Wheelchair Curling programme in June 2015. She is a Level 2 coach and former World Champion (2002).
Sheila has worked with wheelchair curlers for eight years in a development role and also coached the Scottish team at World Championships in 2011 where they won silver medals.
Nancy Smith - Performance Coach
Nancy Smith was appointed as a Performance Coach in June 2012.
Nancy Smith has an impressive prior coaching Curricular Vitae: she was Team Coach when Eve Muirhead’s rink won silver at the 2010 World Championships and has attended 10 World Junior Championships as Team/Head Coach, winning four Bronze, one Silver, and two Gold medals. Nancy moves from the Performance Development Coach position at RCCC to come into the Scottish and British Curling programmes.
Viktor Kjell - Performance Coach
Swede Viktor Kjell was appointed to coach in the British Curling programme in June 2015. Viktor represented Sweden from 2007 to 2014, won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, and gold at the World Championships in 2013 and European Championships in 2009 and 2012. Viktor competed for Sweden at six European Championships, four World Championships, two University Games, and two Winter Olympic Games. He has relocated from Canada to Scotland to take up his full time position.
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.
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 25 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.