Brewster’s Men in Basel as World Championship Awaits
Olympic silver medallist Tom Brewster, takes his Go Coco Scottish Championship winning team of third Glen Muirhead, second player Ross Paterson, lead Hammy McMillan and alternate Scott Andrews, as well as coach Mike Harris, to Basel in Switzerland this week, to represent Scotland at the 2016 World Men’s Curling Championship from Saturday 2nd April until Sunday 10th April.
The World Curling Championship started in 1959 as the Scotch Cup and this will be the 57th edition of the Men’s World Curling Championship in total, and the eighth time it will be held in Switzerland. This year’s venue – the St Jakobshalle was used the last time the World Men’s Championship was staged in Basel, in 2012.
The twelve teams competing are packed with experience. They are: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Norway, Russia, Scotland, defending champions Sweden, hosts Switzerland and the United States of America. Pictured left: Team Brewster win the 2016 Go Coco Scottish Curling Men’s Championship. Photo left and top ©Brian Battensby.
Brewster is a two-time world silver medallist and his team start their campaign with two games on Saturday. They open against Korea in the afternoon session and then return to the ice in the evening to play Norway’s former world champion Thomas Ulsrud.
The round-robin concludes on Thursday 7th April, with the medal games taking place on Sunday 10th April.
This is the first men’s event at which points to qualify for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea (9-25 February 2018) will be up for grabs. The qualification process involves this championship and the 2017 Ford World Men’s Championships in Edmonton, Canada (1-9 April 2017). As hosts, Korea will qualify for Pyeongchang, as will the seven teams with the best qualifying points tally from 2016 and 2017.
The final two places on the Olympic line-up will be decided at a special WCF Olympic Qualification Event, to be held at the end of 2017. Pictured, Tom Brewster (end right) claims silver medal as part of Team GB’s 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic curling team (Photo ©WCF/Richard Gray).
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Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2016 World Men’s Championship via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel