Defending Champs Aitken and Mouat Target Fourth National Title Together

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Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat head into this week’s Scottish Mixed Doubles Championship at Braehead (8-11 December) full of confidence as they target their fourth win at the event in five years.

The Edinburgh-based partnership won last month’s Bern Mixed Doubles Championship, beating a high class field that included Russia’s reigning world champions, which was their second major international success this year since they won the Latvian Mixed Doubles Cup back in April.

Mouat said: “The experience we have gained from competing overseas this season has allowed us to be the most prepared we have ever been for the Scottish national championship.”

That included a fine run at the World Mixed Doubles Championship where Mouat, having already skipped his team to victory at last season’s World Junior Championships, just missed out on a second major medal when they were beaten by the USA in the bronze medal match.

Their fourth place finish at the World Championships earned valuable Olympic qualifying points however and the winners of this week’s nationals will earn the right to go to this year’s World Championships looking to secure Team GB’s place at PyeongChang.

“Winning this title would let us immediately focus on the upcoming events on the tour from now until April when we want to represent Scotland again at the World Championships and try to complete qualifying GB into the 2018 Olympics,” said Mouat.

The mixed doubles discipline has been included in the 2018 Winter Olympics schedule for the first time.

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