2016 Scottish Curling Award Winners Announced
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Scottish Curling Awards. They are:
Young Curler of the Year: Bruce Mouat
Bruce claimed his second consecutive Scottish Junior title as skip, and went on to win GOLD at the World Junior Curing Championships in Tårnby, Denmark. He also won the Scottish Mixed Doubles title for a third time with Gina Aitken and represented Scotland at the World Mixed Doubles in Karlstad, Sweden in which he finished fourth, gaining valuable Olympic qualifying points for Team GB. Bruce skipped his junior team to fourth in the Scottish Men’s Curling Championships, won the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour, and the OVCA Super Spiel Championship in Canada, and came third in the 2015 Challenge Chateau Cartier du Gatineau in Canada.
Grassroots Coach of the Year: Lorraine Campbell
Lorraine has developed a fantastic Coaching system at Forfar Ice Rink. Working to develop new coaches through a pathway programme while taking a mentoring role to assist others, has provided the facility with a legacy that she sh
ould be proud of. In addition to her qualifying as an RCCC Level 2 Coach this year, she has embarked on taking additional tutoring responsibilities with the RCCC and other on ice activities. This stems from junior club coaching to Curling’s Cool and Skill Awards sessions. She has also made sure that all the coaches in the facility have up to date PVG’s, and that all children that are coached are in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Team of the Year: Team Mouat (World Junior Gold Medallists) – Bruce Mouat (skip), Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon, Angus Dowell, Robin Brydone (alternate for the World Juniors) and Alan Hannah (coach)
Team Mouat won the Scottish Junior title in January for the second year running, and went on to win GOLD at the World Junior Curling Championships in Tårnby, Denmark.
Ice Diamond Award: Alan Stephen
Alan has been an umpire at local, national and international level for around 25 years. Not only has he been involved in able bodied curling but he has also umpired wheelchair curling from its very early stages, dating back to a time when a Swedish skip had a piece of carpet which was placed in the ice beneath his chair for delivery. Alan was also an umpire for the 2002 World Wheelchair Curling Championship at Braehead when Princess Anne visited the event. He has umpired many other World Championships, European Championships, World Wheelchair qualifying and World Wheelchair Championships, and also at Paralympic events in Italy and Vancouver. His knowledge of the scoring and ranking systems has been invaluable, particularly to any Chief Umpire.
Alan is also the developer of “Drawmaster”, the software used to make draws, and which has been used for at least a decade by the RCCC for its competitions. Most recently Alan has developed an App for Chief Umpires to use that records scores, LSD results and produces clear tables of results and rankings. The App has been used at WCF Championships and RCCC competitions.
Overall, without Alan’s IT knowledge and hours of work behind the scenes, the technical elements of umpiring and scoring competitions would be much harder to administer. Alan has contributed immeasurably to the development of curling in Scotland at all levels, and the RCCC is immensely grateful for his dedication to the sport over the years.
The winners will be presented with their awards during the proceedings of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club’s 178th Annual General Meeting at Braehead Curling Rink, Glasgow on Saturday 18 June 2016 at 2pm. We hope you will join us.