Estonia World Junior Curling Championships Ready to Go
This season’s World Junior Curling Championships get underway on Saturday 28th February, with the Scottish Curling Junior Champions, led by Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat (pictured), representing Scotland.
History will be made at this event as it is the first-ever World Curling Federation (WCF) championship to be staged in Estonia. The Tondiraba Ice Hall, a brand-new facility owned by the City of Tallinn, will be the venue, and, to add to the occasion, for the first time ever, top international junior curlers and figure skaters will compete under the same roof – as the complex will host the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2015 at the same time.
Altogether ten women’s and ten men’s teams have qualified to take part.
In the women’s event, Scotland’s Gina Aitken and her team of third Naomi Brown, second player Rowena Kerr, lead Rachel Hannen and alternate Karina Aitken – coached by Gina and Karina’s father David – face teams representing from defending champions Canada, the Czech Republic, England, hosts Estonia, Korea, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.
While competing at this level is a new experience for Karina Aitken, the rest of this team were together at last year’s Championships in Flims, where they finished eighth.
They open their round-robin campaign on Saturday evening in what will be a historic game against hosts Estonia. They then continue with their only Sunday game, against the Czech Republic.
Skip Bruce Mouat and his team of third player Duncan Menzies, second player Derrick Sloan, lead Angus Dowell, alternate Bobbie Lammie and coach Colin Morrison are making their World Championships debut. The other nine teams in their field are Canada, hosts Estonia, Italy, Korea, Norway, Russia, Sweden, defending champions Switzerland, and the USA.
The Scottish men go into action ahead of the women on Saturday afternoon, when they will face the USA. On Sunday they play the Swiss title-holders and then Korea.
The round-robin concludes on Friday 6th March with the medal games taking place on Sunday 8th March.
This website will feature reports and reaction after every game involving the Scottish teams. To keep up to date click World Junior Curling Championships Latest
Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of the Championships on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel
Photos © Tom Brydone