Scottish Skips Eager For World Junior Champs To Get Started
Skips Sophie Jackson and Bruce Mouat are keen for their respective rinks to get their championship bids underway as they prepare in Copenhagen, hosts to the World Junior Curling Championships which start this weekend (6 March).
While Jackson leads the women’s team she is grateful for the knowhow provided by two of her team-mates as she makes her debut in this competition
“I am really excited about the Championship starting on Sunday. We would just like to get going and build some momentum,” she said.
“Having Naomi (Brown) and Rachel (Hannen) on the team is a real advantage since they were silver medallists last year and the experience of the last two world champs which they bring on board will provide invaluable support to myself and Rachael (Halliday) who is also making her first appearance at this level.”
Mouat, can also draw upon lessons learned last year having skipped his team to bronze in that event and is meanwhile joined this time around by Angus Dowell, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon and alternate Robin Brydone.
“Bobby, Angus and I all played last year. We are really looking forward to representing Scotland again at the World Juniors. The field this year is filled with past medallists like ourselves and we are excited and up for the challenge,” he said.
His team-mates are buoyed by the confidence gained from last year’s involvement.
"I know what the script is, we have played a few of the teams this season so we will know how they will play," said Dowell.
While Lammie was the team’s alternate last year, sitting out the action, he also believes being there has prepared him for the task of working closely with Mouat as third this time around.
“Although I didn't play last year I gained great experience by just being at the event. I can’t wait to get on the ice to play Norway on Sunday," he said.
For 21-year-old Mouat it is the first of two opportunities to compete at global level in quick succession since he and Gina Aitken will contest the World Mixed Doubles Championship next month.
“I am starting to notice just how busy I am and I know when I get back from this championship I'll be straight into the mixed doubles training, but for now I'm just going to concentrate on the world Juniors so I can give it my best,” he said.
Ten men’s and ten women’s teams are taking part in the World Junior Championships held at Taarnby Curling Club in Denmark, with Canada defending both titles. The round robin phase comprises 18 sessions which start on Sunday (6 March) and conclude on Friday 11 March, followed by the knock out stages and the medals contested on Sunday 13 March, when the event concludes.
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Photos: Bruce Mouat - Tom J Brydone, Team Jackson - Maggie Wilson