Scottish Curling Awards
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Scottish Curling Awards 2018. They are:
YOUNG CURLER OF THE YEAR
Bobby Lammie (21)
This season saw Bobby winning the Scottish Men’s Curling Championship, and the World Championship Play-off playing second with Team Mouat. He went on to win BRONZE at the World Men’s Curling Championship and was named in the All Stars Team for the event – selection based on the shot success percentage in each position throughout the round-robin stage. Bobby’s average was 88%.
In addition to international success, Bobby also won his first Grand Slam of Curling Event, the 2017 Boost National, Ontario, and four World Curling Tour competitions: the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard, Oakville; the Aberdeen International Curling Championship; the Biosteel Oakville Fall Classic; and the Dumfries Challenger Series.
GRASSROOTS COACH OF THE YEAR
This year we have a two way tie.
Graeme, an RCCC Level 1 qualified coach, has coached 40 sessions, including 10 Try Curling groups and four in-school Wellness Days, with three more to come, this season. The latter being particularly well received by schools, with one school teacher saying, “the children had a great time at curling”. Known for his trademark fancy trousers, Graeme is a warm, friendly character who welcomes newcomers onto the ice with encouragement and humour.
Michael, an RCCC Level 1 qualified coach, regularly coaches at a number of Active Stirling programmes, from Curling’s Cool sessions through to Stirling Virtual Club sessions. He has a very patient and compassionate style, and helps those under his guidance to develop their skills and confidence. In addition to Active Stirling sessions, Michael has provided technical coaching support within the Scottish Curling Academy programme as well as presenting at a variety of seminars around the country. He is willing to share his stories and encourages pupils by talking in schools and promoting the Try Curling programme. Michael is currently working towards a UKCC Level 2 qualification.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Team Mouat / Scotland
Bruce Mouat (skip), Grant Hardie (third), Bobby Lammie (second), Hamilton McMillan (lead), Ross Paterson (alternate for WMCC) and Alan Hannah (coach)
Team Mouat won the Scottish Men’s Curling Championship, and World Championship Play-off to win the right to represent Scotland at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Las Vegas, USA. They went on to win BRONZE.
In addition to international success Team Mouat won back-to-back World Curling Tour events at the Oakville Curling Club capturing the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard and Biosteel Fall Classic. Both times they defeated Team Chang-Min Kim in the final. Team Mouat returned to the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling at the 2017 BOOST National and caught fire taking down the giants of the league from Brad Jacobs (tie-breaker), Kevin Koe (quarter-finals) and Mike McEwen (semi-finals) before defeating Kim one more time in the championship game. Bruce Mouat made history as the youngest men’s skip to win a title in the series at age 23.
ICE DIAMOND AWARD
Alan has been the chairperson of the organising committee for the Glynhill Ladies International since 2012-13. Over the past six seasons he has led the team of volunteers from the front, dedicating a great deal of time, and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the success of the tournament. Alan also served on several RCCC committees over the years, notably as an active member on the Areas Standing Committee, and part of the successful Charles Lees fundraising team, which saw the iconic painting ‘The Grand Match at Linlithgow Loch’ (1849) restored. He was also the driving force behind the successful 2012 USA Incoming Tour.
The winners will be presented with their awards during the proceedings of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club’s 180th Annual General Meeting at Border Ice Rink, Golf Course Road, Kelso TD5 7SL on Saturday 16 June 2018 at 2pm. We hope you will join us.