2016 Scottish Curling Awards – Make Your Vote Count!
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC) is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Scottish Curling Awards.
YOUNG CURLER OF THE YEAR
Bobby Lammie (19)
At the beginning of the season Bobby represented Scotland at the World Mixed Championship as a member of Team Bryce after winning the Scottish Curling Mixed Championship in April 2015. Bobby, as a member of Team Mouat, then went on to win the Scottish Junior Curling Championship and GOLD at the World Junior Curling Championships in Tårnby, Denmark. Bobby also came 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. Bobby rounded off the season by winning a second Scottish Curling Mixed Championship title with Team Bryce, and will represent Scotland at the World Mixed Curling Championship in Russia in October 2016
Bruce Mouat (21)
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.
Ross Whyte (17)
Ross was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. Having never played with the three other curlers, Ross, through his great leadership qualities skipped the mixed team (2 males, 2 females) to fifth place in the Mixed competition, only dropping one game in the group section, and narrowly losing to Russia in the quarter-finals. In the Mixed Doubles event, where curlers were matched with someone from a different country, Ross was paired with the youngest Chinese player, Yu Han, who had played lead in the mixed competition. Despite a language barrier they reached the Final and won the SILVER medal. Back home, Ross claimed his second consecutive Asham U21 Slam title as skip, and finished third in the Scottish Curling Junior Championships.
GRASSROOTS COACH OF THE YEAR
Brian, an RCCC Level 2 qualified coach, has been a long serving coach, who in 2010 directed his coaching skills toward wheelchair curling. Brian visits groups for the disabled and shows videos of wheelchair curling and discusses the sport to encourage interest within the groups. He organises Come and Try sessions and evaluates the various disabilities to find an individual’s comfort zone when delivering the curling stone. He gives 6 to 8 hours a week to on-ice coaching on a one-to-one basis for new curlers until they gain confidence and overcome their initial caution. His efforts have been successful over the last five years with the formation of Stranraer Wheelchair Curling Club which now has 10 regular wheelchair curlers of both genders. All have become competent curlers. Brian is described as being patient, understanding and a fantastic coach on and off the ice, who is dedicated to promoting wheelchair curling within the community.
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 should 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.
Kenny, an RCCC Level 1 qualified coach, has dedicated a massive amount of time and effort organising the Gremlins Coaching sessions at Murrayfield Curling Rink. He and his team of coaches, provide coaching for around 100 junior curlers (ranging in experience) every Sunday morning during the season. In addition, Kenny helps junior curlers through their Skill Awards, and co-ordinates and runs Try Curling sessions, which at times can result in all seven sheets being full. His enthusiasm for the sport doesn’t end there; he has been instrumental in establishing a league in Uphall Curling Club where experienced members provide competition for less experienced curlers so that they can improve their game.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Jackie Lockhart (skip), Christine Cannon, Isobel Hannen, Margaret Richardson and Margaret Robertson (alternate for World Seniors)
Team Lockhart won the Scottish Curling Senior Championship in February and went on to win GOLD at the World Senior Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden. This is the second GOLD medal this team has won, the first coming in 2014 when the team was skipped by Christine Cannon.
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.
Eve Muirhead (skip), Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid, Rachel Hannen (alternate for Europeans and World Women’s) and David Hay (coach)
Team Muirhead won the European Playdowns to win the right to represent Scotland at the European Curling Championships in Esbjerg, Denmark. This was the seventh time Eve has skipped Scotland (attended 8 in total), while Anna has represented Scotland 6 times, and Vicki five times. They went on to win SILVER.
ICE DIAMOND AWARD
The RCCC are pleased to award the 2016 Ice Diamond Award to Alan Stephen for his outstanding contribution to curling.
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 on 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.
MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!
The winner of each category (with exception to the Ice Diamond Award) will be decided upon by the RCCC membership.
To vote you must be a member of the RCCC. You can vote online through our membership database if we hold a valid email address for you in our system. Simply click Membership Database to log in. Once you have logged in you will be presented with your voting options. Please note that if you share an email address only one of you will be able to cast a vote. We suggest you register a new one. If you need assistance please contact the RCCC office on 0131 333 3003.
Alternatively you can download, complete and sign a paper voting form and email it to the RCCC office or post it to: Royal Caledonian Curling Club, 2a Ochil House, Springkerese Business Park, Stirling FK7 7XE.
Voting opens at 12noon on Wednesday, 27th April 2016.
Online voting closes at midnight on Sunday, 15th May 2016, while paper voting forms will be accepted at the RCCC office until 12 noon on Monday, 16th May 2016.
Note: This article has been emailed to all members we hold email addresses for.