OLYMPIANS BREWSTER AND HAMILTON SKIP BACK INTO ACTION
Sochi medallists Tom Brewster and Claire Hamilton have headed in opposite directions to lead their rinks into action this weekend.
Brewster, part of the British men’s team who reached the final and claimed silver medals at those Winter Olympics in Russia, is making the familiar trip across the Atlantic, competing against some of the best in the game including former world champions Team Edin, Team Koe and Team Ulsrud in the Ashley Home Store Classic in Penticton on Canada’s west coast in British Columbia.
That is the first of two tournaments he and team-mates Duncan Menzies, Scott Andrews and Alasdair Schreiber will compete in, the second leg of this Canadian tour taking them to the Original 16 in Calgary the following week and he is confident that he has recovered from the injury that has hampered him since their recent trip to Champery where they reached the quarter-finals.
“We’re looking forward to playing again after that good run in Champery,” he said.
“The team is improving every weekend which is pleasing. I had a pinched nerve in my hip last week and had to rest, so did not get a lot of work done as a team with our support staff. However all the guys have been working individually, I’m all ok now and we have had a couple of days training which has been good.
“The field is strong this weekend which will be a good test. There is a lack of top class events in Europe at the moment which makes travelling to Canada essential to get enough events in the season.”
Hamilton, who won a bronze medal as the lead for Team Muirhead in Sochi, is meanwhile heading east once more, this time to Estonia where she and team-mates Gina Aitken, Rachael Halliday and Rachel Hannen will compete in the Tallinn Ladies International Challenger, before they then travel across Europe to play at Wetzikon the following week.
“After a good few weeks of training both individually and together at the NCA, we are looking forward to get back to competing over the next couple of weekends in Estonia and Switzerland,” said Hamilton.
Skip Sophie Jackson said: “We have all been putting in a lot of work since our last competition in Stockholm, the break has allowed us to work on larger area’s in our game and given us time to consolidate these properly. We have also enjoyed working with Performance Analyst Kenny Moore alongside our coach Cate Brewster to make some mid-season fixes within our technique.
“However, the end of the break definitely pleases us as there is nothing better than getting out on the ice, playing and learning from successes and mistakes. So we are very much looking forward to the next couple of weeks competing together again and hopefully the results will come our way.”
Please click here for results from the Ashley Home Store Curling Classic (3-5 November).
Please click here for results from Tallin Ladies International Challenger (3–5 November).
Please click here for results from the EJCT Braehead Junior International (3-5 November).
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