Rhona Howie Steps Down as Head Coach
Following 12 years at the forefront of Scottish and British Curling, Rhona Howie (formerly Rhona Martin) has decided to leave the sport that has been central to her life for 32 years.
Rhona steps down after four years as Head Coach of the Women’s Performance Curling Programme and was previously the national Performance Development Coach for The Royal Caledonian Curling Club, during which time she graduated from the UK Sport Elite Coach Programme. As a competitor Rhona won her first national title in 1988 as junior champion and went on to represent Scotland at six European Championships, one World Championship and two Winter Olympic Games, winning Olympic Gold in Salt Lake City 2002. As a coach Rhona has coached our women’s team to three silver medals and one gold at the European Championships, World Champions in 2013 and Olympic bronze medallists in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
Bruce Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of RCCC and British Curling said: “Rhona’s departure from being the Head Women’s Coach from the multi-medal winning Curling programme is a tremendous loss to the sport. She has put everything into her work, gone the extra mile and kept going to support young and talented athletes. Rhona has provided many years of leadership and inspiration to Scottish and British curlers. We wish Rhona every success in whatever she chooses to do next.”
Rhona stated that “It has been a difficult decision for me to leave Curling but I am looking forward to some new challenges. I will be taking some time off over the summer, watching some great sport at the Commonwealth Games. I haven’t decided what’s next but I feel it is the right time to move on.”