Team Muirhead Set For Title Defence At EDF Energy City of Perth Ladies International
Team Muirhead will get their title defence underway at the EDF Energy City of Perth Ladies International at Dewars Centre tomorrow (30 March – 2 April), having just returned from the World Championships in Beijing where they won bronze.
In what has been a busy few weeks for the Scottish quartet who completed their eastern mission by qualifying Team GB a place at the next Winter Olympics, must overcome their jet-lag quickly if they are to repeat last year’s success against what is a powerful field.
With nine of the world’s top 25 in attendance only Swtizerland’s Team Tirinzoni are currently higher – at no.3 – than the fifth ranked defending champions, while a powerful, four rink Swiss contingent also includes Binia Feltscher’s two time world champions.
The Canadians are also arriving in numbers with Allison Flaxey’s team highest ranked at seven, just ahead of Chelsea Carey’s (8) and three more, Teams Fleury (12), Middaugh (20) and Tippin (22), while Japan’s Team Fujisawa are currently 24th in the world rankings.
However Muirhead, who has also been heavily involved in staging the event on her home ice rink, is looking forward to the challenge.
“Being involved in the organising committee for this event I am really looking forward to now competing in what will be a great tournament. With five Canadian teams, plus four Swiss teams as well as rinks from the USA, Japan and Sweden it will be a tough, tough field,” said Muirhead.
“This is a great follow on from the World Championships and it was great to win the event last year with Mhairi Milne who kindly stepped in whilst Anna (Sloan) was injured and we are keen to hold on to the title at a curling rink which is so important to our training and competition schedule.”
As one of Scotland’s leading energy providers with sustainability at the core of its business, the title sponsors have provided a welcome boost to the sport, providing a sustainable future for the Champions Curling Tour event which was added to the competition calendar last year.
EDF Energy’s Scottish Business Director, Paul Winkle, said: “EDF Energy is delighted to be supporting the EDF Energy City of Perth Ladies International for a second year. Last year’s event was hugely successful and it is great to see that the competition has grown with even more international teams bidding for the title.
“Curlers use geometry and physics every time they take to the ice, as well as sports science to keep them fit for competition. That is why EDF Energy is also pleased to welcome this year’s defending skip, Eve Muirhead, on board as brand ambassador.
“We believe it is important that successful women are visible and celebrated so that girls have strong role models and we hope that Eve will help us to inspire girls to think about the wide range of STEM careers available to them,” Winkle added.
Eve Muirhead was keen to outline the importance of their title sponsorship.
“EDF Energy’s support of this event has helped to enhance the profile of this event and enables us to showcase to the world what a great facility and great ice we can offer here in Scotland and I am delighted to be a brand ambassador for a company which is helping to improve international competition on home soil.”
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Photo: Perthhshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.