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British Curling is delighted to announce the appointment of Nigel Holl as its new Executive Performance Director.

Holl will take charge in November and comes to the role on the back of an exceptional track record across an array of sports, notably leading the Scottish Athletics renaissance during his time as CEO there and most recently operating as Interim CEO of UK Athletics through a crucial time for that organisation.

As a Performance Director he previously played a key role in the resurgence of England Netball, running the national team between 2004 and 2010, a period in which they beat both Australia and New Zealand for the first time in almost 40 years.

Prior to that he was involved in the establishment of the Scottish Institute of Sport, working closely in his time there with then curling performance director Mike Hay and Rhona Martin when she skipped her team to British Curling’s only Winter Olympic gold medal success, at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

Having lived in the Stirling area since that time, his new appointment consequently represents a homecoming in more ways than one.

“I am delighted and incredibly motivated to be joining British Curling at this time in a new role that will be challenging, but with a great staff team in post, some excellent and dedicated athletes across all four programmes (Men’s, Women’s, Mixed Doubles and Wheelchair) the potential is huge,” he said.

“Ultimately the expectation is medals at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, and I look forward to making that target a reality. I have worked in British and Scottish Sport and will bring all of that experience to bear on the programme most positively.”

A keen curler, a member of the Stirling-based Blairdrummond Club where his children have come through the junior section, Holl has also coached over the last few years at Stirling Young Curlers. He has been on the Board of British Curling since 2011 and a Senior Independent Director for the last couple of years during which the state of the art National Curling Academy has been created. He consequently has an in-depth understanding of the sport from grassroots to the elite game and in tandem with his wider involvement in top level sport, expects that to be beneficial.

“I look forward to bringing my experience of sport at performance and chief executive level to benefit the programme and look forward to working proactively and positively with our stakeholders and partners, UK Sport and sportscotland,” he said.

Responding to Holl’s appointment, Chelsea Warr, Director of Performance at UK Sport, said: “Nigel brings a wealth of experience from influential leadership roles in British high performance sport, plus a crucial passion and knowledge of the sport of curling from his experience within the sport, both on and off the rink.

“We are looking forward to working with Nigel and his team to support our top curlers towards medal winning success in Beijing 2022 and beyond.”

Holl undertakes his new role at the start of November, taking over from Interim Performance Director Phil Reid who was seconded from the sportscotland Institute of Sport.

British Curling’s Chair, John Harris welcomed Holl’s appointment, while thanking Reid for his contribution, saying: “Few people boast the experience of leadership across the Scottish and British sporting landscape that Nigel brings to this post, so we are delighted to have appointed an executive performance director of this calibre at what is a key stage in the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic cycle.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to extend special thanks to Phil Reid on behalf of the board, staff and athletes at British Curling. He has done a great job stepping in as Interim Performance Director during an incredibly busy pre-season period and we are very grateful for his dedication and hard work over the summer,” he added.

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