Vicki Adams touched base in Stranraer last week to get some practice in at her home ice rink ahead of defending her European Curling Champion title in Sweden next week.
Twenty-three-year old Vicki is in Karlstad as part of the reigning championships team along with teammates Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan and Claire Hamilton.
The team receive funding each year from SportScotland to allow them to concentrate of their curling. The goal for all the team members is to be selected to represent Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The team flew out earlier this week but after a practice session at Stranraer last Friday, Vicki spoke to Gazette reporter Louise Kerr.
Vicki said: “I am looking forward to the Europeans. We have put in a lot of hard work and we will play as well as we can. We will definitely be one of the main contenders.
“We are up against some tough teams though and none more so that the first game against Switzerland when it’ll be the European Champions against the World Champions! Sweden are another threat as they are the same team that we beat in the final last year.”
Vicki describes the level of dedication it takes to get to the top in her sport.
“We are on the ice every day (she is based at Stirling’s Ice Peak) that’s 16 hours on the ice every week as well as 14 hours of gym work. “In the build up to the European we have been to Canada twice to and Oslo for tournaments as well playing the European challenge that took place up at Aberdeen. I enjoy every aspect of my curling but competition is the best part.
“Our funding is banded so if you don’t maintain a certain level your can go down a band so the pressure is aways on to perform. It’s reevaluated every summer based on your performance from the previous season.
“The earliest we will hear about the Olympic selection will be this time next year so there is a long way to go before anything is decided.”
The Scotland women will play Switzerland on Saturday 8; Italy and Finland on Sunday 9; Czech Republic and Sweden on Monday 10; Germany and Denmark on Tuesday 11; Hungary on Wednesday 12 and Russia on Thursday 13. If play-offs are needed they will take place on the Thursday with the semi-finals on Friday 14 and the final on Sunday 15.