Team Brewster To Get World Champs Bid Underway In Basel
Olympic silver medallist Tom Brewster leads his rink into World Championship action tomorrow in Basel, seeking to go one better than he did four years ago in the Swiss city.
The 41-year-old skipped his team to the final for a second successive season in 2012 and he has never failed to win a medal in four World Championship appearances.
Brewster was also the fifth man in the GB team that won silver in Sochi and he and his Scottish Championship winning rink of Glen Muirhead, Hammy McMillan jnr – both sons of former world champions – and Ross Paterson have the additional task at this competition of accruing vital qualification points for the next Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in 2018. They are joined in that by Scott Andrews, part of Brewster’s team when they claimed those World Championship silvers in 2011 and 2012 and a fellow Olympic silver medallist.
Having formed two different teams to represent Scotland in recent years, as well as working full time as venue manager at Curl Aberdeen, Brewster concedes it is a juggling act but the prospect of another World Championship is one that he relishes.
“Time is my most valuable commodity and I am lucky that I really enjoy what I do, whether that is being in the gym at 7am or flooding ice for a championship after 5pm. It never feels like work to me,” he said.
“Bringing another team through to this level and these championships that have the ability to really do it proves a point to myself and not to anyone else.
“I feel as confident as I have been in my technique and my form and I have not been in better shape as a curler and that is a good feeling. It is important for every team to have good morale and a good team dynamic and with our rink everyone brings something different.
“That is why I wanted Scott (Andrews) as our fifth man, it is a tricky role and I know how he operates and I wanted someone who could improve our chances as we want to medal and there are key things he can bring to the team and help us with that.”
Scotland are one of twelve teams in the event line-up, along with Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.
Brewster added, “It will be interesting to see who thrives under the bright lights at this big championship. Canada, Sweden (current World and European champions) and Norway have a wealth of experience and are always going to be there or thereabouts and we know we have to go by them to get to the end of the week.
“Overall it is a strong field but my team is well prepared and have shown good form throughout the season and have peaked at the right time and that has put us in good stead for this competition.”
Team Brewster: Tom Brewster (Skip), Glen Muirhead, Ross Paterson, Hammy McMillan jnr. Alternate - Scott Andrews.
The world championships take place from 2-10 April.
Photos: Tom J Brydone