Welcome from the Chairman of the Organising Committee

 

A warm welcome to all, curlers and spectators alike, to this the 11th Glynhill Ladies International Curling Championship. Here we are back at our home rink at Braehead, preparing for what, for us humble domestic curlers, is the highlight of the curling season when we host some of the best lady curlers in the world to show us their skills on our home ice.

This year, again, we have a strong entry featuring four of the teams which will compete in the Winter Olympics in Korea in February. In addition to having both Russian play-off teams led by Anna Sidorova and Viktoria Moiseeva here at the Glynhill, we will have the rinks of Bingyu Wang representing China and Madeleine Dupont from Denmark also having a competitive workout before Korea. And it is great to have defending Glynhill champion Eve Muirhead and her rink back to try for a back to back title as a fillip before they head off with the GB Olympic team. We are also delighted to welcome back our overseas friends from Germany, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland and a new young rink from Korea. And finally, it is great to be able to give the opportunity to some of our other young Scottish rinks of the future to pit their curling skills against some of the best teams in the world.

It has not been the easiest of years to put the competition together – it never is in the year of the Olympic cycle. Game schedules, Coaches plans, Olympic qualification and team and national budgets all influence the tournament plans that can be made in the run up to the Games. This year we have had the extra consideration of a major Grand Slam event being held in Canada on the same weekend as the Glynhill, and inevitably when invitations to it were issued in December, we lost a number of our entries to this high-profile event. It is a testament therefore to the major teams who could have gone to Canada that they have chosen instead to come to the Glynhill and we really appreciate their support and friendship.

Again, I cannot emphasise strongly enough how much the tournament depends on receiving strong local support from our sponsors and advertisers who have been with us since the start of this journey. From our major sponsor, the Glynhill Hotel, our local Renfrewshire Council, our transport partners, McGills Buses and Mitchells and our other curling friends, sponsors and advertisers. All contribute to bring this event about, and without them, it would not be possible.

I get all the good jobs to do, but the bulk of the work is done behind the scenes, beforehand and on the competition days, by my very loyal local organising committee and, on your behalf, I would thank them for all the time, effort and enthusiasm that they bring to the Glynhill Championship and make it what it is. This will be my sixth year of chairing the event, and, with some regret, I have decided it will be my last. It has been a wonderful experience, but old age, health and circumstance say it is time to hand over the reigns to bring fresh talent and ideas for the Championships of the future. My thanks to you all for your support, commitment and friendship over what has been an unforgettable journey and one which has given me a host of memories from the sport we all are hooked on. Good luck, good curling, enjoy!

 

Alan Sloan, Chairman, Glynhill Ladies International Championship 2018


ORGANISING COMMITTEE:

Accommodation: - Promotion: Yvonne Chalmers
Braehead Liaison: David Horne Team Liaison: Alan Sloan
Equipment: Ian Taylor Transport: Dave McRoberts
Finance: Karen Cromar Umpires: Colin Melrose
IT/Web: Gordon Nicholl Volunteers: Wendy Highet
Coordination: Sheila Cowan