Coach Murdoch recognised for lifetime commitment to curling
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