Ben and I are about to board the plane to Canada for the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta. We fly from Heathrow to Calgary and then will drive two hours south to the city of Lethbridge where the event will be held from 22nd-29th April.
As Team England, we will play teams from France, Kazakhstan, USA, Turkey, Germany, Czech Republic and from the host nation, Canada. The top three teams from each group will go through to the knock-out stages to compete for points to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang (February, 2018). As part of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) any Olympic points gained by England cannot be kept, but we will be looking to better our 8th place ranking from last year whilst cheering on Scotland who are the points earners for Great Britain’s Olympic qualification.
We are delighted to announce that we are being supported during these championships by sponsor, Henson Franklyn, British sports events and exhibition specialists based in England. They’ve been in the business for 25 years and their focus on marginal gains closely matches our team and work ethic. Curling is a precision sport which is often decided on millimetres – we do whatever it takes to ensure we come out on the winning side of games.
Our scores will be live on the World Curling Federation website: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017 and our games vs the USA and hosts Canada will be live on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV.