The 2014 Edinburgh International Curling Championship will take place this year between 7th and 9th November 2014 –again to accommodate the earlier running of the European Curling Championships.
The Organising Committee have already met on a number of occasions, so plans are well underway for the 2014 competitions. This is the post-Olympic “transition” year so there will be many new faces competing in Edinburgh along with some tried and tested old-stagers giving their Olympic dreams one last shakedown.
Heading the Scottish contingent will be Tom Brewster with a new team in front of him for season 2014-2015. Third is Glen Muirhead, second is Ross Paterson and lead is Hammy McMillan – no, not that Hammy! His son, also called Hammy, is making his way in competitive curling and a fine young player he is too. Dave Edwards brings his Edinburgh International champions rink with him to this year’s competition. Dave makes one change in his 2013 line-up – replacing Colin Campbell with young Billy Morton. All four team members are past Scottish Junior Champions, though Dave does not like to reminded when he last played in junior curling!
Former World Junior Champion Kyle Smith brings his front end from last year with him (Kyle Waddell and Cammy Smith), but he has replaced long-time third, Thomas Muirhead with Grant Hardie. This is an exciting looking team who will doubtless make it through to the latter stages of the competition.
We have already received a number of entries from Europe. Markku Uusipaavalniemi is one of four Finnish teams competing. David Sik returns for another attempt to win the famous old “World Championships” trophy.
The senior competitions are also looking strong. The organising committee has decided to continue running separate men and ladies competitions again this year and I am pleased to report that both are fully-subscribed! Both Christine Cannon’s defending champions (and World Senior Ladies Champions!) and former World Senior Men’s Champion Keith Prentice are returning to Edinburgh as well as many great names from Scottish curling history’s past – names like Ken Horton, Graeme Adam, Barbara Watt and Kate Adams. The two senior competitions take place from 21 to 23 November 2014.
We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland’s Capital City in November.
Edinburgh International Organising Committee