Preview: World Mixed Curling Championship
Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 11:36am
The inaugural World Mixed Curling Championship will begin on Saturday 12 September 2015, in Berne, Switzerland, with teams from four continents set to compete.
Representing Scotland at the competition is a young team consisting of Academy athletes Cameron Bryce (skip) and Katie Murray (third) and Performance Foundation athletes Bobby Lammie (second) and Sophie Jackson (lead). They will be coached by RCCC Performance Development Coach, Barbara McFarlane. The team secured their place in the competition after winning the Scottish Curling Mixed Championship back in March.
This event replaces the European Mixed Curling Championship, which was last held in Taarnby, Denmark in September 2014. That Championship was won by Sweden, while Norway and Switzerland picked up Silver and Bronze respectively.
The Championship is an open entry event for all World Curling Federation (WCF) Member Associations. Each Member Association could enter one mixed gender team, consisting of two male and two female athletes.
An impressive 36 teams from across the globe have entered with the aim of making history as they contend for the first ever World Mixed Curling Championship title, at the eight-sheet Curling Bahn Allmend rink in the Swiss capital.
Joining the medalists from last year’s event are Australia, Canada, Israel, China, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan and United States, which are the teams that have entered from outside of Europe.
36 nations are represented in the event, which is split into four groups:
Group A: Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden.
Group B: Australia, Canada, Spain, Finland, Germany, Israel, Latvia, Norway and Wales.
Group C: China, Czech Republic, England, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Group D: Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Scotland, Turkey and United States.
With 24 sessions of round robin play scheduled for the first six days (Saturday 12 to Thursday 17 September 2015) competition will be fierce.
The round robin will be followed by a tiebreaker session, if necessary, a qualification round and quarter-finals on Friday (18 September 2015).
The top teams from the four groups will all qualify directly to the quarter-finals, while the teams that come in second and third will enter a quarter-final qualification round.
The semi-finals will be played on Saturday (19 September 2015) morning followed by the Gold and Bronze medal matches at 15:00 local time (CEST). The Gold medal game will be broadcast live.
This website will feature reports and up-dates after every game involving Scotland’s teams. Go to World Mixed Curling Championships Latest to follow progress.
Live scores, results, news and photos from the World Mixed Curling Championships 2015 can be seen here on the World Curling Federation’s official event website.
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