Most of us not involved in wheelchair curling are unlikely to have heard of Tony Zummack, the Canadian who has been appointed as the Head Coach for Wheelchair Curling, see here.
Eric Eales has an interview with Tony on his Wheelchair Curling blog here, and there's more about him here. I note that he will move to Scotland soon with his family to take up his appointment in January.
Tony's first challenge will be to complete Team Scotland's preparations for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship, in Prague, February 22 - March 1. The announcement of that team was described here.
I asked Michael McCreadie, who is currently taking a sabbatical from competitive curling, what he thinks of the new appointment. Michael writes, "I encountered Tony and his Alberta Team at the Richmond International in Vancouver in 2008. Alberta won the competition beating Jim Armstrong's team in the final. Tony comes to Great Britain with knowledge and experience of coaching wheelchair curlers at high level - his record speaks for itself. I am excited and feel sure he will bring his own methods, strategies and coaching expertise to enhance the skills of present and future players. This is a fresh start for all a journey which I hope again to be part of. The selection panel should be congratulated in their choice of coach."
Photo of Tony is courtesy of the Wheelchair Curling Blog.