Team red-hot on ice
HELEN Williams says Australia will be targeting a top-16 finish at this month’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.”
Williams will follow up the World Championships by leading 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 10year 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.
Michelle Fredericks-Armstrong, Helen Williams and Ashleigh Street are WA’s representatives on the national curling team.