Local Hero Anna Sloan Wins Athlete In Excellence Award
Anna Sloan is one of ten winners of The Foundation for Global Sports Development’s ‘Athlete in Excellence’ award, receiving US$10 000 that she wants to invest into development in her home ice rink at Lockerbie where she has recently been appointed as Development Officer.
Anna started curling in Lockerbie at the age of 8 years and talks about Lockerbie as her ‘second home’ during her childhood. She was inspired by her parents who introduced her to the sport and supported her as she grew up and quickly became a prodigious talent.
Nominated by Scottish Curling, Anna has always displayed an impeccable work ethic in training and dedicated her life to pursue her dream of performing at the highest level in her sport. She has been a respected role model, nationally and internationally, always showing respect for other teams. Anna is normally seen with a smile on her face and is always graceful in receiving honours as well as accepting defeats. She is respected by her team mates as well as her rivals, in Scotland and internationally. This popularity extends to the support staff and the many fans that follow the sport.
© WCF-Richard Gray
Anna Sloan has had huge successes in junior and women’s curling. In addition to wining many national events and World Curling Tour events, she has represented Scotland and Great Britain on 22 occasions to date as highlighted below.
|European Youth Olympics (Great Britain)||2009||1st (Gold)|
|World Junior Championship (Scotland)||2009||1st (Gold)|
|Winter University Games (Great Britain)||2011||1st (Gold)|
|European Curling Championship (Scotland)||2010||2nd (Silver)|
|European Mixed Curling Championship||2007||7th|
|World Women’s Championship (Scotland)||2011||9th|
|Olympic Games (Great Britain)||2014||3rd (Bronze)|
Contributions To Development
Anna is extremely supportive of development programmes that encourage more people to get involved in the sport of curling and helping to grow the game nationally and internationally. Every year Anna has been sure to give some of her time back into the sport and into her local community by visiting schools and events to meet young people and share her experiences with people of all ages and abilities.
Anna has personally volunteered at Curling’s Cool sessions, a programme aimed at primary school children aged 10 to 11 years old. She gets involved at activities at her local ice rink in Lockerbie to help grow awareness of the facility and the game of curling, and she is very much a local celebrity.
At a national level, Anna supports many programmes including Scottish Curling’s ‘Try Curling’ initiative. During the 2018 Olympic Games, Anna ensured her social media channels were encouraging people to get involved through participating, volunteering or spectating. Anna directed people to links where they could find more information, and has helped to inspire people to engage in curling.
Anna is a hugely enthusiastic person who is delighted to go out to schools to present to pupils on curling opportunities and to attend events where she chats to people and gets on the ice to provide some coaching. At this year’s ‘Try Curling with Team GB’ event, Anna was seen smiling all day, casually chatting to people, and getting her picture taken with fans.
Anna is a fantastic role model for women’s sport and has been an inspiration to many. One recent participant at Try Curling said:
‘Meeting Anna was brilliant. She was so good taking the time to show my kids the basics; how amazing to have this chance with an Olympian’.
Anna has recently become ambassador for our new programme ‘Scottish Curling Future Leaders’ that will provide young people with training and support to develop their own leadership skills, whilst influencing and shaping the future of curling. Anna will engage with, challenge, and inspire our Future Leaders, and her commitment to the Future Leaders programme enables greater profiling opportunities for us as on organisation.
© WCF-Richard Gray
Alongside Anna, 9 other highly accomplished athletes have been awarded US$10 000 for their outstanding contribution to sport.
Anna is delighted to receive news of her win and says ‘It is a privilege to win such a prestigious award. Being selected along with other fellow athletes who have achieved so highly has taken me totally by surprise. Lockerbie Ice Rink holds great memories for me; it was like my second home as a child – I’d just walk across the road from school and into the rink. I want to use this money to make a positive difference and have a lasting impact, and I’m currently considering a few ideas to support. Thanks to Scottish Curling for nominating me and to the Global Foundation for Sports Development for selecting me, I will keep you updated on progress’!