Paterson Keen To Be Local Hero At European Championships
Local boy Ross Paterson is hoping his Glasgow connections can help ensure that there will be strong home crowd support when the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships get underway at the intu Braehead Arena tomorrow (19-26 November).
The term ’home championships’ is extra special to the 32-year-old, who plays second for men’s national champions Team Brewster and he is thrilled to be welcoming the representatives of 27 nations to his part of the world.
“I was born in Glasgow and although I grew up in Loch Lomond I returned to the city. It is where all my family are from,” he said.
“Without doubt home support will give us that advantage at this event, which will hopefully get us onto that podium at the end of the week.”
Paterson, who at the start of this season took an 18 month career break from East Dunbartonshire Council so he could fully focus on his curling, has adapted well to the transition.
“Life actually feels busier since I became a full time athlete and the training has definitely increased. My days filled very quickly since taking a career break. To be honest you only get out of it what you are prepared to put into it and I wanted to ensure I explored every element of potential in my game.
“This will be my third Europeans. I hope it will be third time lucky and competing in front of a home crowd provides a pressure but a good pressure. I am really excited to know that so many friends and family will be watching in the crowds.”
In an important year chasing GB qualifying points for the next Winter Olympics at PyeongChang, Team Brewster made a strong start in this quest after beating Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch in the European play-offs in order to represent Scotland at this prestigious event, which will see one of the largest crowds at a sporting event in Scotland this year.
“It has been a busy period building up to these champs. Every week teams are chasing points and our focus was to make sure we would peak at the right time. Being ready for the Euros was a huge part of that and we have prepared well for this as the competition will be tough, the teams will be strong and everyone will feel they have a chance, but that is sport.
“For us the opportunity to compete at home has probably made us more hungry for this and we will take it one shot and one game at a time and not get ahead of ourselves.
“I would encourage everyone to come along to Braehead, make it to a session after work if you can and support the Scotland teams, it will certainly add to an extra special occasion for us.”
Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster or the Intu Braehead Arena box office.
Scotland is represented by Team Brewster and Team Muirhead at this event.
Team Muirhead Team Brewster
Eve Muirhead (Skip) Tom Brewster (Skip)
Anna Sloan Glen Muirhead
Vicki Adams Ross Paterson
Lauren Gray Hammy McMillan
Kelly Schafer (Alternate) Duncan Menzies (Alternate)
Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency – Graeme Hart