A Message from the Chairman of the Organising Committee

 

January will bring a landmark to the Glynhill event, in celebrating its 10th year. It is hard to recall that the event will be reaching this anniversary, having been born initially out of the successful running of the 2005 Womens’ World Championship at the now defunct curling arena at the Paisley Lagoon Centre. Such was the enjoyment of watching the best lady curlers in the world at that time that we wanted to see more.

So, here we are again welcoming 24 of the best teams in the world, representing twelve different nations, to challenge for the Glynhill title and have their names inscribed on the old silver ‘hot toddie’ kettle. The way the Curling Champions Tour has developed under WCF guidance has definitely been a boon for our tournament with the all-important ranking points being awarded according to the quality of the tournament and the prize fund available. It is pleasing to note therefore that with the efforts of all the teams in supporting the event, and the organising committee in promoting it, that points and prize money played for have increased each year, reflecting the importance of the event on the CCT circuit.

This of course is immensely satisfying to us as the promoters of the tournament, but it could not happen without the loyal and generous support we have enjoyed over the years from our title sponsors, the Glynhill Hotel, the management and staff of Intu Braehead and our local government authority, Renfrewshire Council and their supportive Provost, Councillor Anne Hall . In addition to them we have had loyal support from local companies and curlers over the years and their contribution has been just as vital in elevating the Championship to the level that it enjoys today.

As I write, Scotland has just hosted a wonderful European Mens’ and Womens’ Championships at the Braehead Arena and Curling Hall. The dust (and confetti!) has not even settled on that most enjoyable and successful event, and here we are preparing to welcome back nine of the A Division nations’ representative teams including two of the three medal winning rinks, four past or present World Champions rinks, four previous winners and a host of young stars seeking to be the next generation of household names, all to chase the Glynhill International Championship title.

An event such as this does not just ‘happen’ and as in the past five years of my involvement, I am extremely grateful to all our sponsors, advertisers and supporters, and most importantly to the local committee of volunteers and helpers without whom the event simply could not happen. I thank you all for your support over this and preceding years – it has been a lot of fun. Let’s make the 10th Championship one to remember.

To all our curling visitors, we hope you enjoy our tournament and your visit to our little part of the curling world. Good luck, keen ice and good curling.

 

Alan Sloan, Chairman, Glynhill Ladies International Championship 2017


ORGANISING COMMITTEE:

Accommodation: Alison Sloan Promotion: Yvonne Chalmers
Braehead Liaison: David Horne Team Liaison: Alan Sloan
Equipment: Ian Taylor Transport: Dave McRoberts
Finance: Karen Cromar Umpires: Colin Melrose
IT/Web: Gordon Nicholl Volunteers: Wendy Highet