NEWLY CROWNED PRAGUE CLASSIC CHAMPS TEAM WHYTE SET SIGHTS ON CANADIAN TITLES
This time last year, Ross Whyte had joined forces with Team Mouat as their fifth man, and shared in their success when, as Team Scotland, they were crowned European Champions.
This season, having successfully made the transition to the men’s circuit, Whyte is carving out his destiny as skip of his own team and so far has led them to the qualifying stages of every event they have competed in, before being duly rewarded with their first men’s title in Prague last weekend.
Whyte’s quartet look to continue that impressive form across the Atlantic, competing at the Red Deer Curling Classic which gets underway tomorrow (15-18 November), however Whyte acknowledges that mixing with Scotland’s top ranked men’s team was invaluable to him.
“Without a doubt I learned a lot from Bruce (Mouat) and his team last year. They were very good to me and I am very grateful for that,” said the 21 year old.
“Getting that chance to be on the bench at the Europeans watching every game made things a lot clearer about what you need to be thinking about.
“This year, Ross Paterson’s rink have a fantastic chance at the Europeans and will also be great ambassadors for Scotland this time around. It just shows what a great place Scottish Curling is in. Having two men’s teams in the top ten in the world helps us all realise what is achievable.
“It is great to see everyone doing so well and I am happy with the momentum we have just now and want to keep that going as we keep chasing those other teams.”
Whyte’s team mates, Robin Brydone, Duncan McFadzean and Euan Kyle get their Canadian campaign started in the triple knock-out format tomorrow, before heading to Penticton for the Ashley HomeStore Curling Classic, which was won by fellow Scots Team Glen Muirhead last year.
“We will go out and continue to play as well as we can, aiming to make every play-off and we are getting closer and closer to that men’s top 20. Our big goal this year is the Scottish Championships and between now and then we will continue to build on our momentum leading up to that week,” he added.
Team Wilson are also in action in the women’s event at the Red Deer in Alberta, whilst European Champions Team Mouat and Team Bryce continue their Canadian campaigns at the Stu Sells 1824 Halifax Classic in Nova Scotia.
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Images from NCA: © Graeme Hart