Ladies President

Margaret Nicol
Ladies’ Branch President 2018-19

I was born in Alloa and attended Alloa Academy, I then went on to become an Occupational Therapist.  I worked in hospitals in Edinburgh before moving into Occupational Therapy education becoming Head of Department of Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapy at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.  After my retiral from full time employment I began working with Alzheimer Scotland and I now chair the Alzheimer Scotland Allied Health Professional Dementia Forum.

My interests are reading, travelling, eating out and keeping fit (but failing miserably).

I came to curling through an informal try curling session organised by my badminton club.  My husband Norman and I enjoyed the game, managing to get beyond the hog several times, and decided to get some coaching.  The rest is history some 30 years later we are both still curling.

I curl at Murrayfield and am a member of ladies and mixed clubs. I enjoy both the social and competitive side of curling but very much consider myself to be a club curler.

The highlight of my curling career to date (I can always dream of future successes) has been competing in and representing Murrayfield in several Henderson Bishop Finals and being runner up in 2016.  I wear my silver medal with pride.

I have been president of my mother club Currie & Balerno and my local ladies centre and am a director and company secretary of Edinburgh Curling Club.

Ladies Standing Committee has a busy year ahead. We look forward to welcoming a Swedish Womens Tour starting in Aberdeen on 26th October 2018 and finishing in Kinross on the 4th November 2018.

Our other objectives for this year are to:

  • Review both the Henderson Bishop Competition and the Morton Competition to ensure they fit with needs of current day curling.
  • Consult on and implement on a name change from ladies to women within the bye-laws of RCCC. In all of the international and national events within curling participants are described as women. We want to be consistent in our terminology at all levels within curling but also to fit with the expectations of other sports both nationally and internationally.
  • Look at how we encourage more girls and women into curling. Hopefully some ideas will be planned an implemented.
  • Foster and encourage the game of curling for women in Scotland.

My two years as Junior Vice President and Vice President has allowed me to gain the experience needed to be president.  I have been fortunate to support our Scottish teams at the European Finals, the Women World finals and the Senior Worlds and Mixed Doubles Worlds.

We have a very committed Ladies Standing Committee and executive and I look forward to working with them.

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