Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Glynhill last stop on way to Olympics

World Champion Bingyu Wang will bring her Chinese team to the Glynhill Ladies International, January 15-17, just prior to the Winter Olympic Games. Here she is practising at last season's event. Today's press release from the Glynhill Committee, which is headed up by Judith McFarlane and Kirsty Letton, can be seen here. Eight of the ten teams which will compete in Vancouver are heading to Scotland!

The 24 places for the competition at the Braehead rink were oversubscribed, and there are three teams on a waiting list for this Curling Champions Tour event.

Team GB are in the draw of course. What a season this is going to be for Eve Muirhead, Jackie Lockhart, Kelly Wood, Lorna Vevers and Karen Addison!

Canada’s Olympic Trials take place in December. The winning team at the Roar of the Rings will compete at Braehead. Now, who will that be, I wonder?

Teams from Austria, England, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and of course Scotland, will take part in the Braehead event which has a prize pot of £8000!

The Glynhill International has received excellent support from sponsors in its first two years, see the website, and it is good to read that they have new supporters on board this year with support from Tunnock's, McMillan Hotels, Mitchell’s Hire Drive, the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Ladies' Branch and Arran Aromatics.

A moment from the 2009 event - Japan's Moe Meguro and Switzerland's Binia Feltscher-Beeli in the semifinal. Incidentally, did you note that it was Meguro's team which beat the World Champs in the final of the 100% New Zealand Winter Games last week?

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