Curlers set for World Uni Games28 January 2019
Five Winning Students curlers will compete at the highest level of student sport next month after being named in the GB squad for the 29th World University Winter Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Sophie Jackson, Mili Smith, Ross Whyte (all University of Stirling), Naomi Brown (Queen Margaret University) and Sophie Sinclair (Edinburgh Napier University) will make their debuts at the Games, following recent successes at world junior and national senior level.
Hosted every two years, the Games are organised by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and see over 3000 of the world's best student athletes compete in 11 sports across 11 days of competition at the world's second largest winter multi-sport event.
Whilst the athletes will be faced with temperatures as low as -30 degrees, they can expect a warm welcome to the Games, with over 100,000 spectators expecting to be in attendance and 1.5 billion TV viewers globally.
The group follow the footsteps of former and current Winning Students Bruce Mouat and Bobby Lammie, who won the World Universities curling title in 2017 and have since gone on to win bronze at the World Senior Championships and gold at the senior European Championships.
Masters student Jackson, who is a former Junior World silver medallist and competed at last year’s senior World Championships in Canada, will lead the women’s team including regular teammates Smith, Brown and Sinclair, who are hoping to add a World Universities medal to their growing list of accolades. She said:
"We are really excited to be selected to compete at the World University Games in Krasnoyarsk. For four of us it will be our first time representing Great Britain which will make the experience extra special. We are all extremely grateful for the support from our universities in allowing us to take part in these games, the academic flexibility we receive is vital to our ability to perform to our best ability. We are looking forward to once again having to chance to play and compete for a world medal."
Off the ice, the programme will also be represented by Winning Students Co-ordinator, Chris Purdie, who has been designated Team GB’s Deputy Chef de Mission and will assume responsibility for the team’s day-to-day operations and headquarters activity whilst in Russia.