MBE MOTIVATES MUIRHEAD TO TARGET MORE MEDALS
The award of an MBE may have provided the latest recognition of Eve Muirhead’s achievements as the outstanding Scottish curler of her generation, but the former world champion still has her sights set on continuing to pile up the silverware.
The Stirling-based skip, who has spent more than a decade at the top of her sport, has been thrilled by reaction to news of her inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List which demonstrates increasing respect for her sport as a whole.
“I am absolutely delighted. It has been a very hard secret to keep – not being allowed to tell anyone and now that it is finally out there in the public it’s very pleasing to know that so many people have reached out to me to congratulate me and its shows how much this means.”
She pointed out that current legislation is such that, along with marking her 30th birthday which took place during lockdown earlier this year, she will simply have to add this to the list of causes for celebration once the country properly emerges from Covid related restrictions, but is glad to have helped give a lift to her family, friends and fans.
“It makes some good news for a change because every time you switch on the news these days it’s never usually great,” said Muirhead.
“So today is a day I do feel a little bit emotional to be honest because when you realise the impact it has had it’s very pleasing. It’s great to get some positive news for a change and I haven’t had a chance to celebrate yet. Obviously with the new restrictions in place it makes it tough to meet up with family and friends and things, but I have now got a 30th birthday to celebrate and an MBE to celebrate, so when we can there is going to be quite a party.”
In the meantime, though, her focus is on doing everything to earn the right to go to a fourth Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022 and to add to an already exceptional list of achievements that include a podium finish at the Winter Olympics in 2014.
“It was interesting that I got a message the other week about how much I have done in curling and I was told that it is 18 medals in Euros, World and Olympics since 2007 which I didn’t know,” she said.
“Curling to me is something to me that I actually love doing and it’s great that what I do is having an impact on others as well. Of course when I finish curling I want to be able to keep the sport of curling in Scotland going and I want there to be as many medals in the future, but for me this is motivating me hugely for Beijing. I do feel like as a team we are due a win or a big reward.”
She knows, though, that they will only achieve that if they continue to put in the work that has contributed to her latest honour, saying: “The last few years we have put in a lot of effort and especially during these tough times of Covid and lockdown it has been very nice to take a step back , re-focus and then have the foot on the gas over recent months, which I do think will benefit us as a team, but during these tough times this has been great news to have received.”
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