Muir­heads get ready for ice du­ties

Perthshire Advertiser - - MONDAY’S TV -

Two Team Muir­heads will take to the ice when the new curl­ing sea­son gets go­ing.

Blair Atholl’s Eve Muir­head is on the road to re­cov­ery af­ter hip surgery and is set to re­turn with changes to the line-up.

British Curl­ing con­firmed this week that vice skip Anna Sloan has de­cided to take a ca­reer break to pur­sue other in­ter­ests.

Step­ping into the team will be Jen­nifer Dodds and Vicky Wright along­side reg­u­lars Vicki Chalmers - for­merly Adams - and Lau­ren Gray.

The sec­ond Team Muir­head will be skipped by one of Eve’s broth­ers Glen Muir­head.

He is join­ing forces with his brother Thomas and Guild­town’s Kyle and Cammy Smith.

Kyle, who skipped his team to Euro­pean sil­ver in St Gallen last year and also to this year’s Win­ter Olympics, will play third.

Thomas and Cammy will play at sec­ond and lead re­spec­tively.

The news comes as British Curl­ing an­nounced its in­vest­ment in 21 ath­letes across five pro­gramme sup­ported men’s and women’s curl­ing teams for 2018-19.

It’s the first year of the Olympic cy­cle as the curlers build to­wards the next Win­ter Olympics in 2022.

Team Jack­son, which in­cludes Guild­town’s Mili Smith, have main­tained their line-up from last year.

They will con­tinue to re­ceive sup­port at per­for­mance foun­da­tion level.

British and Scot­tish curl­ing per­for­mance di­rec­tor Graeme Thomp­son said:“We know that the world stage in curl­ing is be­com­ing more com­pet­i­tive and it will take a lot of abil­ity and com­mit­ment for our teams to con­tinue to achieve at the top of the sport. That is our clear aim.”

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