28th Universiade gets underway in Almaty
The action has already started for Great Britain’s curlers at the 28th Winter Universiade, the biggest global winter multi-sport event for students, which is taking place in Almaty, Kazakhstan with games from today (Monday 30th January).
The 2017 Winter Universiade, or the World University Winter Games (WUGS), is an international multi-sport event which is organised for university students and is held under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is one of only two senior multi-sport international winter events, alongside the Winter Olympics.
The biennial international event, which was last hosted in Granada in 2015, will welcome approximately 2,500 student athletes from 58 countries. A British university delegation, made up of 65 student athletes and 31 support staff are in Alamaty now, including the curlers representing Great Britain:
Gina Aitken – University of Glasgow
Rowena Kerr – Heriot-Watt University
Rachael Halliday – University of Strathclyde
Rachel Hannen – University of Stirling
Angharad Ward – Durham University
Bruce Mouat – Napier University
Bobby Lammie – University of Stirling
Gregor Cannon – University of Strathclyde
Derrick Sloan – Robert Gordon University
Alasdair Schrieiber – University of Strathclyde
Deputy head of the UK delegation Vicky Campbell stated that “We expect the sportsmen to win medals in the curling as we have performed quite well in this sport in the previous Universiades. The women’s national team won gold in Erzurum in 2011, the men snatched silver in Trentino in 2013 and bronze in Granada in 2015”.
In fact some of the curlers have first hand experience of competing at WUGS; Alasdair was part of the GB men’s curling squad that won a bronze medal at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain, where Angharad and Rachael Halliday competed as part of the womens team. Derrick Sloan has also competed at WUGS before, he was part of the men’s team who claimed silver in 2013.
Follow the student athletes progress at the multi-sport competition on Twitter using the GB-specific hashtag #WUGSGB, or the official event hashtag #WUAlmaty2017. You can also stay in touch with the teams via their team social media pages – Women and Men.