Bruce Mouat Set For World Championship Double
Edinburgh Napier University student Bruce Mouat is set for a frenetic finish to the curling season after earning the right to go to a second World Championship by leading his team to a successful title defence at the Scottish Juniors.
The 21-year-old, who had already qualified for the World Mixed Doubles Championship by winning the Scottish title in the new Winter Olympic discipline, registered an 8-3 win in the Junior Men’s final at Curl Aberdeen which brought qualification for the World Juniors in March.
This precedes the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships which will take place in Sweden in April, which Bruce and his partner Gina Aitken qualified for after winning the national title for the third time in four years in December.
Mouat, who is in his third year of a Festival and Events with Entrepreneurship degree, will be utilising all of his planning and management skills as he embarks on the busiest three months of his career to date but feels ready for the challenge.
“It was a great confidence boost not losing a single match throughout the event and in the final we piled the pressure on in the first few ends as we like to get points on the scoreboard first,” he said.
“So we felt good and strong throughout and we are really chuffed about heading to the Worlds, but it is also a challenging position to be in as it is going to be a really, really busy few months ahead.
“I will be away for six to eight weeks over the next three months and after the World Juniors will then have to dive head first into the Mixed Doubles and I also have to plan my six month work placement as part of my degree. I will have to give a lot of consideration to planning as I want to do as much training as I can for both Worlds’ but at the moment there are a lot of clashing dates.
“We won bronze at the World Juniors last year and we really want to do better than that this year. At the same time, the Mixed Doubles with Gina is also very important to me and as it is now an Olympic discipline as of 2018, this could also be very serious going forward.”
After winning the national Junior title and signing the international contracts, Bruce revealed that rival skip Robin Brydone would be their fifth player at the Worlds, along with Angus Dowell, Gregor Cannon, Bobby Lammie.
“All the guys in my team work very hard if not harder than me and we wanted to chose someone who has the same work ethic as us and could also click with our unique way of doing things as a rink,” said Mouat.
“As we are great friends on and off the ice it is important that someone can fit into that as I believe a good team dynamic and good communication is key to the success of any curling rink with standards at the top so tough now.”
Despite the busy schedule, following the post final match planning meeting, Bruce’s rink and respective parents and siblings enjoyed a meal out to celebrate, “I was duty driver so it was good to unwind over dinner with my friends but I couldn’t have a celebratory drink. It was nice to have my parents there and they also watched the final. My mum Marie had to drop my brother Colin off at Edinburgh airport yesterday morning as he will spend a year in Australia on a work visa and then she had to dash up to Aberdeen to join my dad Bob to watch my final.
“I said my goodbyes to my brother on Friday night during the tournament so it was good he saw our winning streak before he set off. I think to do achieve at this you have to be prepared to dedicate lots of hard work as well as be prepared to make lots of sacrifices, socially as well.
“As a result I am really looking forward to what the next few months can offer and medalling at two world champs would be really amazing and a dream situation to be in.”
The World Junior Curling Championship take place from 5-13 March 2016, hosted at Taarnby Curling Club, Copenhagen, Denmark and the World Mixed Doubles Championship run from 16-23 April, in Karlstad, Sweden.