Stranraer Ice Rink members honoured their international players on Tuesday evening and, in return, the current women’s senior world champions presented Stranraer Ice Rink Curling Club with their world title banner.
The 2014 World and Scottish Senior Champions were skipped by Wigtown Curling Club member Christine Cannon to a heartwarming victory in front of a partisan home crowd at the Dumfries Ice Bowl in April when coming from behind to beat a strong Canadian rink 7-5 in the final.
Ice rink manager Gail Munro presented four of the winning squad, Christine, Margaret Richardson, Isobel Hannen and Margaret Robertson, with engraved crystal vases and flowers to mark their achievement. Replying on behalf of her team, Christine Cannon thanked Gail and the members fro their generosity, adding: “We were all delighted with our success in Dumfries and we would like to thank everyone at Stranraer Ice Rink for their support. We came here to practice a lot before the championships and stayed in the hotel and that was a big factor in our preparation.
“Therefore, we would like to present the world champions’ banner to Gail and Stranraer Ice Rink.”
After the handover to loud cheers from the members, an overwhelmed Gail Munro thanked the team saying: “Wow! I accept this banner on behalf of Stranraer Ice Rink with immense pride. Anyone who was at Dumfries was incredibly proud of what Christine and her team achieved there.”
The banner will now be hung in the ice rink alongside the three other world title banners brought home by Stranraer curlers - the men’s world championships from 1999 and the two men world junior titles from 1980 and 1981.
The presentations began by the members honouring the girls’ Scottish junior champion Naomi Brown from Stoneykirk, who, along with other members of her rink Gina Aitken, Rowena Kerr and Rachel Hannen, had gone on the represent Scotland at the world junior curling championships in Switzerland in March. In the absence of the team, the mothers of Naomi and Rachel, Lynn Brown and Isobel Hannen, received the engraved gifts on behalf of their daughters.
Another mum, Kate Adams, was also on hand to receive a similar gift on behalf of her daughter Vicki, the pride of the Lochans, who won Olympic bronze at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February with her GB teammates Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan and Claire Hamilton, as well as picking up a silver medal for Scotland at the European Curling Championships earlier in the season.