Teams Jackson and Bryce Start World Junior Champs Campaign
Scotland’s Team Jackson and Team Bryce will start their campaigns in the World Junior Championships which get underway tomorrow in the Republic of Korea (16-26 February).
Scotland’s junior men are defending the title won by Team Mouat last year who are now too old to compete in this year’s event. Team Jackson meanwhile had to earn Scotland qualification for the tournament by winning the World Junior B Championships in Ostersund in January this year, after being relegated from the main event in 2016. They then, like Team Bryce, had to win the Scottish Junior Championships to book their flights to Korea.
Scotland’s standard bearers are among ten men’s teams and ten women’s teams competing for world titles in the Gangneung Curling Centre, the venue for the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympics which will also host next month’s World Wheelchair Championships.
Team Jackson are hoping to continue the form that saw them top the European Junior Curling Tour rankings at the end of last year, win every match in that World B Division event when they returned to competitive action at the start of 2017, then win the Scottish Juniors.
Skip Sophie Jackson and Naomi Brown who plays third are the only remaining members of last year’s line up. Their team also comprises Mili Smith (second), Sophie Sinclair (lead) who joined Jackson’s rink at the start of the season, while Laura Barr travels as their alternate.
Scotland’s men are skipped by Cameron Bryce who is joined by third Robin Brydone – who was alternate for the World Junior champions Team Mouat last year – Euan Kyle (second), Frazer Shaw (lead) and Ross Whyte (alternate).
Both teams are looking forward to the start of the competition which will be a test event for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
“We are feeling really excited about the upcoming championships, especially after seeing the venue today and practicing on the ice,” said Sophie Jackson.
“The venue is well equipped for our needs and we can easily see the work that has been put in to make it a state of the art facility.
“Our preparation over the season puts us at ease for the upcoming two weeks as we will keep to all our processes which we have followed all season.
“Being in a place with such a different culture is the trickiest part to get used to but we are a unit with great support around us, which will stand us in good stead for the upcoming competition” Jackson concluded.
For more information and results from the World Junior Curling Championships please click here.
|Team Jackson||Team Bryce|
|Sophie Jackson – skip||Cameron Bryce - skip|
|Naomi Brown – third||Robin Brydone - third|
|Mili Smith – second||Euan Kyle – second|
|Sophie Sinclair – lead||Frazer Shaw – lead|
|Laura Barr – alternate||Ross Whyte alternate|
Photos: Tom J Brydone.