Coach Mur­doch recog­nised for life­time com­mit­ment to curl­ing

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Mar­ion Mur­doch was hon­oured with the in­au­gu­ral Sports­cot­land Life­time Achieve­ment award last night at a cer­e­mony in Glas­gow City Cham­bers, writes Doug Gil­lon.

In a coach­ing ca­reer dat­ing back to 1972, Mar­ion has in­tro­duced “thou­sands – I haven’t really a clue” to curl­ing. Th­ese in­clude her chil­dren – dou­ble world cham­pion and Olympic sil­ver medal­list David, Olympic coach Nancy and for­mer Euro­pean cham­pion Neil – plus Olympic bronze medal­list Claire Hamil­ton.

In her day job, she is curl­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer at Locker­bie where she has been trea­surer and pres­i­dent of the ladies’ club, and also ladies’ pres­i­dent of the Royal Cale­do­nian Curl­ing Club.

Her proud­est mo­ments, she says, were David’s two world ti­tles. For the sec­ond, his rink had to beat pro­lific Cana­dian curler Kevin Martin three times. “To beat the Cana­di­ans like that on home soil was un­be­liev­able,” she said. “I never thought they could do it.”

Her big­gest dis­ap­point­ments were Neil miss­ing out on the 2006 Olympic team, de­spite hav­ing won world sil­ver in 2005. “That was hard to bear. And also Nancy los­ing her world semi-fi­nal.” That ef­fec­tively cost her an Olympic place.

Spec­tat­ing is “very stress­ful”, she says, “be­cause I understand the game and the tac­tics, and have coached, I know what he should be do­ing and why.”

At the Olympics, she closed her eyes on a shot which, had it failed, would have seen her her son’s rink go out. “Sil­ver medal was the ic­ing on the cake,” she said.

Other awards: Dr Penny Rother (triathlon) com­mu­nity coach of the year; Luis Romero (bas­ket­ball) per­for­mance de­vel­op­ment coach; Amanda Sav­ille (eques­trian) dis­abil­ity coach; Iain Somer­side (row­ing) per­for­mance coach; Rachael Walker (gym­nas­tics) young coach; Gary Cou­p­land (rugby) young per­son’s coach. Tech­ni­cal of­fi­cial: Alan Stan­field (curl­ing). Vol­un­teer: James Long­muir (judo). Young Vol­un­teer: Fraser John­ston (young hub leader).

GLASS ACT: Mar­ion Mur­doch holds her Sports­cot­land Life­time Achieve­ment award af­ter a ca­reer in­tro­duc­ing ‘thou­sands’ to curl­ing

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