Tony Zummack Appointed Curling’s New Head of Coaching
Tony Zummack has been appointed as Curling’s new Head of Coaching by the sportscotland institute of sport, in partnership with British Curling and The Royal Caledonian Curling Club, and will lead on the development of performance coaching across all levels of the Scottish and British programmes from Foundation to Podium up to and beyond the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Tony was formerly the Wheelchair Head Coach and helped guide Aileen Neilson’s rink to bronze at last year’s Sochi Paralympic Games.
The Scottish and British Curling programmes are delivered in-house at the sportscotland institute of sport through a partnership with British Curling, UK Sport, and The Royal Caledonian Curling Club and enjoyed unprecedented success at the recent Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games. The men won silver, while the women and wheelchair teams both claimed bronze medals, which was the first time all three teams have succeeded in winning medals in the same Games cycle.
Commenting on the appointment, Performance Director of the Scottish and British performance programmes, Graeme Thompson, said: “I’m delighted that Tony has been appointed in this crucial new role as Head of Coaching. He has delivered success at the highest level in his previous role as the wheelchair team’s coach and will be a key asset for the programme as we prepare the Scotland teams for European and World Championships and TeamGB Men’s and Women’s teams for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
“A huge priority for all of us going forward is establishing world-class coaches alongside world-class athletes. This new post is designed to concentrate on performance coaching. It is a very exciting time for curling in this country and we will take every opportunity to help the sport grow and continue delivering medals on the world stage.”
Newly-appointed Head of Coaching Tony Zummack said: “I’m really pleased to become Head of Coaching and can’t wait to begin working with the juniors in the Foundation programme and the performance athletes on the Podium programme at such an exciting juncture for curling in Scotland and the UK.
“The sport is growing and I look forward to being part of the team of coaches, practitioners, and athletes who bring more successes for Team Scotland and TeamGB.”
British Curling Chair Willie Nicoll added: “This is an exciting and challenging position for Tony and his past record suggests he will approach the role confidently. I am personally delighted with this appointment and wish Tony every success in the years ahead.”
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