Wigtown curler Christine Cannon raised the roof at the Ice Bowl in Dumfries on Wednesday afternoon when she skipped her Scottish ladies team to victory in the World Senior Curling Championship final.
Amid amazing scenes, her team came from behind to score a 6-5 victory over Canada.
In front of a home crowd of curling fans who cheered them on with gusto, 53-year-old Christine and her team played the game of their lives to unnerve the Canadians in the last two ends after Canada held a comfortable 5-2 lead after six ends.
At that point Christine turned to her team of Margaret Richardson, Isobel Hannen and Janet Lindsay and said: “Right, if we are going to go down let’s go down curling.” From that moment on the Scotland girls were simply inspired.
In the seventh, with Scotland lying one shot hemmed in by two Canadian counters, Christine played an ice cool draw to the button, swept all the way by her sweepers and urged forward inch by inch towards its target by roaring Scottish supporters in the stands.
Going into the last end 5-4 down, the Scots took the game to the Canadians, holding their nerve shot by shot, while the Canadians cracked. Christine drew into the four foot with her last two stones to pile the pressure on her opposite number. When Coleen Pinkney’s attempt to draw to the button for the win wrecked on a guard it left Scotland lying the two shots they needed and the capacity crowd in the Ice Bowl went wild with delight with the realisation that this popular player and her team, who happen to be lifelong friends, were the world champions. After partying the night away, the new champion spoke yesterday exclusively to The Galloway Gazette.
Christine said, “It just hasn’t sunk in yet. But we had a wonderful week at the Ice Bowl in Dumfries and everything about the organisation of the competition was excellent. Winning gold in front of a home crowd made it very special.”