Curlers aim for medals

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - SPORT -

HE­LEN Wil­liams says Aus­tralia will be tar­get­ing a top 16 fin­ish at Oc­to­ber’s World Mixed Curl­ing Cham­pi­onships in Cham­pery, Switzer­land.

Wil­liams said she was ex­cited to make her sec­ond ap­pear­ance at the World Cham­pi­onships where the green and gold is grouped with pow­er­house Canada, Eng­land, Ger­many, An­dorra, Hol­land, Poland and Turkey.

“We look for­ward to be­ing com­pet­i­tive and hope to make the top 16,” she said.

“Last year we had some very close games and were able to com­pete at that level, but it would be nice to win a few more games (this time) and qual­ify out of the group stage.”

Af­ter the World Cham­pi­onships, Wil­liams will skip­per Aus­tralia at the Pa­cific-Asia Curl­ing Cham­pi­onships in NSW in Novem­ber.

It will be Wil­liams’ first Pa­cific Curl­ing Cham­pi­onships ap­pear­ance since 2005 af­ter she took a break to have chil­dren.

Also on the Aus­tralian women’s team is Vic­to­rian Kim Forge, Leem­ing’s Ash­leigh Street and Herne Hill’s Michelle Fred­er­icks-Arm­strong.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing to have three WA curlers on the na­tional team… es­pe­cially Michelle, who learnt to curl last year, and Ash­leigh, who’s 19,” Wil­liams said.

“Per­son­ally, it’s so ex­cit­ing to have an­other op­por­tu­nity to play com­pet­i­tively again af­ter a 10-year break. We’d ab­so­lutely love to take first or sec­ond place. Our goal is firstly to fin­ish in the top four.”

The squad is prepar­ing for the cham­pi­onships at the Cock­burn Ice Arena in Bi­bra Lake.

Wil­liams said fa­cil­ity man­age­ment had been very sup­port­ive, paint­ing rings into the ice and prepar­ing a fast curl­ing sheet.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472717

Aus­tralian curl­ing skip­per He­len Wil­liams (cen­tre) with team-mates Michelle Fred­er­ick­sArm­strong (left) and Ash­leigh Street.

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