OLYMPIAN ANDREWS READY FOR RETURN TO MIXED DOUBLES ACTION
Olympic silver medallist Scott Andrews believes being back in competition mode this weekend will help him gauge his progress from injury he sustained at the end of last year.
Andrews and his partner Gina Aitken are heading to the International Mixed Doubles Trophy in Aarau, Switzerland (8-10 February) and know that every event between now and their season’s target, the World Mixed Doubles Championships in April, is key to getting their preparations right.
Andrews said: “We had events in Canada at the start of the year and it was a good learning process showing that I wasn’t fully fit, but we just adapted in that situation with Gina doing more sweeping. . So we are both really looking forward to Switzerland this weekend, my strength is coming back and I am nearly fully fit which is great.
“I have been doing lots of work with Dave Leith (strength and conditioning) and Lindsay Thomson (physio) and we are all feeling really confident about how it is going. We have four events between now and the worlds and we will use every one of them to test things out, to make sure we are at our best in Norway. In the meantime it is about being patient, not overworking and not rushing that last part of the rehab process.”
Andrews switched to the mixed doubles at the start of the season and despite getting injured after winning his first mixed Tour title in Sochi in the same venue where he enjoyed his Olympic medal success, he has not allowed injury to dampen his enthusiasm for the new Olympic discipline.
“I love mixed doubles, it is short and exciting and as a team we are still learning and although it is three years to go to the next Olympics, we know that will go quickly and we want to make the most out of every competition opportunity,” Andrews added.
British Curling mixed doubles squad mates Team Fowler and Team Kingan/Stirling are also in action at the same event this weekend. Ben and Anna Fowler, the first English athletes on the programme will also be honing their preparations for the world championships, where they will be representing England.
Whilst Jayne Stirling and Fraser Kingan are preparing for back to back tournaments and Stirling said: “This will be our third double-header trip of the season. We’ll be looking to make an impact in a high quality field in Aarau and then the next stop is another great event Tallinn, Estonia. We competed in the Tallinn Masters last year and are looking forward to returning to a well -run event.”
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