2017 Scottish Curling Awards – Make Your Vote Count!
Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:00am
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC) is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2017 Scottish Curling Awards. They are:-
YOUNG CURLER OF THE YEAR
Cameron Bryce (21)
As skip Cameron claimed his second consecutive Scottish Mixed title at the end of the 2015-2016 season, and went on to win BRONZE at the World Mixed Curling Championship in Kazan, Russia at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. He also won the Scottish Curling Junior Championship title in January 2017, and represented Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea.
Sophie Jackson (20)
Sophie claimed her second consecutive Scottish Mixed title at the end of the 2015-2016 season with Team Bryce, and went on to win BRONZE at the World Mixed Curling Championship in Kazan, Russia at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. In January, she led her junior team to victory at the World Junior-B Curling Championships, securing Scotland a place in A Division. Less than two weeks later she won her second Scottish Curling Junior Championship title. She went on to win SILVER five weeks later at the World Junior Curling Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. Sophie also won the inaugural Scottish Curling Junior Mixed Doubles Championship with Ross Whyte.
Bobby Lammie (20)
Bobby claimed his second consecutive Scottish Mixed title at the end of the 2015-2016 season with Team Bryce, and went on to win BRONZE at the World Mixed Curling Championship in Kazan, Russia at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. He also represented Team GB at the Winter University Games, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and was part of the first men’s team to win GOLD along with fellow Scots, Bruce Mouat, Gregor Cannon, Derek Sloan and Alasdair Schreiber. Less than two weeks later Bobby, as a member of Team Mouat, won SILVER at the Scottish Men’s Curling Championships in Perth.
GRASSROOTS COACH OF THE YEAR
Scott has recently undertaken the RCCC Level 2 coaching qualification and immediately showed his potential throughout the coaching assessment stage. Based at Edinburgh Curling Club, Murrayfield, he takes the lead on the Junior coaching programme overseeing Skill Awards and Junior club coaching (Gremlins). He continues to deliver sessions that develop children at all stages.
As a qualified RCCC Level 2 coach, Campbell leads the Coaching programme at Elgin Ice Rink and has done for a number of years. Responsible for overseeing the development of junior players through the Skill Awards he has also taken the task of developing young coaches to unsure there is a fresh and vibrant approach to the future of Curling. Also responsible for Try Curling sessions and Team coaching some of the Under 17 and 14 players, despite having a serious quad biking accident last year which now prevents him actually going on ice, Campbell continues to coach his players from behind the ‘boards’. He is an example of what hard work and dedication can influence people to take part and continue to play the sport.
Sandy’s hard work and commitment has ensured that Dundee Junior Curling Club goes from strength to strength. Sandy, an RCCC Level 1 coach, is the back bone for the club; making sure that all the coaches keep coming each week and providing a regular plan and Sunday night email so they know what they are all doing. The children love Sandy and it’s great to see the smiles and laughter that she promotes in the club – many continue to curl when they might give up thanks to her friendly and encouraging approach.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Team Jackson / Scotland
Sophie Jackson (skip), Naomi Brown, Mili Smith, Sophie Sinclair, Laura Barr (alternate for the World Junior events), and Cate Brewster (coach)
After Scotland were demoted to the B-Division in February 2016, Team Jackson won a qualifier in November 2016 to represent Scotland at the World Junior-B Curling Championships. In January Sophie and her junior team dominated the championship, winning GOLD and promotion to the top division with an undefeated record. Less than two weeks later Team Jackson won the Scottish Curling Junior Championship title, Sophie Jackson and Naomi Brown’s second consecutive title, again with an undefeated record. Less than five weeks later, representing Scotland, the girls won SILVER at the World Junior Curling Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea.
Team Muirhead / Scotland
Eve Muirhead (skip), Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Lauren Gray, Kelly Schafer (alternate for Europeans and World Women’s) and Glenn Howard (coach)
Team Muirhead won the European Playdowns to win the right to represent Scotland at the European Curling Championships in Braehead, Scotland. They went on to win BRONZE, Scotland’s seventh consecutive medal at the European Championships. This was the eighth time Eve has skipped Scotland (attended nine in total), while Anna has represented Scotland seven times, and Vicki six times. In February Team Muirhead won the 2017 Scottish Women’s Curling Championship; Eve’s sixth title; Anna and Vicki’s fifth. They went on to represent Scotland at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Beijing, China in March, in which they won BRONZE and valuable Olympic qualification points to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Team Neilson / Scotland
Aileen Neilson (skip), Gregor Ewan, Hugh Nibloe, Robert McPherson, Angie Malone (alternate) and Sheila Swan (coach)
After being demoted to the B-Division in February 2016, Team Scotland reached the final of the World Wheelchair-B Curling Championships to qualify for the 2017 World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. After a tough championship, they won BRONZE and valuable Paralympic qualification points to qualify for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
ICE DIAMOND AWARD
Linsey is a committed volunteer in local curling and national competitions. She is an RCCC Level 2 coach at The Peak, Stirling. She coaches Try Curling, Beginner classes, and Stirling Virtual Club. As a lead coach, she provides other coaches with detailed lesson plans, and is always available to discuss different coaching techniques and ideas. Linsey is a highly organised and enthusiastic person, who motivates and encourages not only new people to curling but other coaches. Linsey became an RCCC Academy team coach this season and coached a women’s team (Team Wilson) who were of mixed ages and had varying levels of previous experience. In addition to coaching, she is often found helping at competitions and events. This season Linsey was selected as a volunteer for the European Curling Championships in Braehead as a time-clock operator for the Division A round-robin games. She was also appointed to the men’s final, a reflection of her hard work and dedication to the sport of curling.
Ken & Linda Hunter
Since 2011 the Edinburgh International Curlers Gathering has been led by Ken and Linda, a competition inspired and founded by Colin McColl, a member of Penicuik Curling Club, in 2005. Supported by Penicuik Curling Club volunteers, and held at Murrayfield Curling Rink, the three-day non-profit, grassroots-led tournament has flourished and matured, principally through Ken and Linda’s dedication, warmth and leadership. Since its inception, around 1,000 curlers from dozens of countries have been attracted to Edinburgh to play and socialise with an equal number of curlers from across the south of Scotland. The commitment of Ken and Linda, with their small band of volunteers, extends far beyond simply organising a tournament. They arrange hotel reservations, greet all players at Edinburgh airport, transport them to their hotels, organise the evening dinner, the (in)famous ceilidh, and after three packed days ensure that they return home safely, happy and buzzing about Scottish hospitality. Ken’s attention to detail, and Linda’s effervescence, has enabled Penicuik Curling Club and Murrayfield Curling Rink to host generations of families and entire clubs. The tournament embodies the heart of curling; enduring friendships, developed on the ice, that stretch around the globe and over the years.
Make your VOTE count!
The winner of each category will be decided upon by the RCCC membership.
To vote you must be a member of the RCCC. You can vote online through our membership database if we hold a valid email address for you in our system. Simply click Membership Database to log in. Once you have logged in you will be presented with your voting options. Please note that if you share an email address only one of you will be able to cast a vote. We suggest you register a new one. If you need assistance please contact the RCCC office on 0131 333 3003. Paper voting forms are available on request from the RCCC office.
Online voting closes at midnight on Sunday 21st May 2017, while paper voting forms will be accepted at the RCCC office until 10am on Monday 22nd May 2017.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination.
Note: This article has been emailed to all members we hold email addresses for.