While most local sports enthusiasts are perfecting their golf swing or enjoying the last rays of evening sunshine on the bowling green, one young lady has just started the most important sports season of her life.
Twenty-three-year old curler Vicki Adams, from the Lochans near Stranraer, heard this week that her team has been chosen to represent Great Britain at next February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
An elated Vicki told The Galloway Gazette: “It’s really exciting to be selected to represent Team GB at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. It is every athlete’s dream to compete at the Olympic Games and it’s just great that the hard work we have put in over the last three years has finally paid off.”
For the past six years, Vicki has played second stones in the all conquering rink skipped by her best pal Eve Muirhead. The team won the world title last April add to their European title in 2011 and three world junior titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011. With long time team members Anna Sloan and Claire Hamilton the rink have set their sights on Olympic glory. All four have become full time curlers until the Olympic season is over.
After intensive training over the summer at their base camp in Stirling, the team got back into competition mode last week, jetting off to America to take part in the Fort Wayne Cashspiel. The foursome made it to the playoffs after winning three and losing two, but they then lost out on a final place to the former world champions from China. However, they did come home with $850 for their efforts. The next competition for Team Muirhead is the Shorty Jenkins Challenge in Ontario, Canada, from September 19–22.
The Galloway Gazette will be following Vicki’s progress this season throughout what could be a life changing few months.