Forfar curler Greg Drummond is “going for gold” at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Greg (25), who first took to the ice at the Forfar Indoor Sports at the tender age of 10, has the full support of his fellow curlers at Fothringham Curling Club and the wider curling community.
As his proud parents Carol and Alan flew out to cheer on their son on Saturday they took with them the best wishes of Greg’s ‘mother club’.
Fothringham Club President David Pate said: “We all wanted to say ‘good luck Greg, we know you can do it!
“This is so exciting. It is great for the town and for curling, not just here in Forfar, but at ice rinks all over the country. We have taken great pride in watching Greg develop from a novice when he was in his early teens. He received a lot of coaching with Forfar Young Curlers and everyone wishes him all the very best.”
On the eve of flying out Carol revealed Greg, a former pupil of Wellbrae Primary and Forfar Academy, had almost given up on the sport before he started.
She said: “He was 10 when one of his school friends, Marie Callander, told Greg about a session she had had at the curling and she suggested Greg go along to try it.’
“I remember taking him up on his first Sunday morning and he was reluctant to go on to the ice but would sit and watch.
“It was local curler Bill Thomson who took him out on to the ice for a ‘one to one’ and after half an hour Bill came off and said “bring him back Carol, he is a natural.”
“The second week I took him he was still very reluctant but after that he never looked back.”
Now Greg lives and breathes curling. He has taken a career break from Angus Council to concentrate on his passion, moving to Stirling to train at the Institute of Sport.
Carol continued: “Angus Council has been fantastic with Greg and has supported him. Greg is on the ice and in the gym every day - he just lives for curling and this is his dream come true.”
After the spectacular opening ceremony on Friday, it was down to business for Team G.B. on Monday morning when Greg, skip David Murdoch, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow got their Sochi Winter Olympics campaign off to a winning start with a 7-4 victory over hosts Russia.
On Monday afternoon they faced the world champion rink from Sweden but on this occasion they lost 8-4.
At the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday), the men were back on the ice, this time taking on Germany in the round robin competition. In a nail-biting match Team G.B. won 7-6.
Greg won his first Scottish title in 2011 going on to represent Scotland at the world championships in Regina, Canada, where the team won silver.
The following year the same team won the Scottish title again, allowing them to go to the world championships in Basel, Switzerland where they won another silver medal.
In 2013 David Murdoch joined the team which won the Scottish title, taking them to the world championships in Victoria, Canada when they came back with the bronze medal. In November 2013 the team picked up another bronze medal at the Europeans.
As for the team’s hope of bagging an Olympic gold medal, Carol continued: “They are going for gold. The team is really confident but I think they will be delighted with any colour of medal.
“Greg is very laid back and will take it all in his stride. I’m not saying he won’t have a few nerves but he is so focused and just takes it as it comes.”
The family has had a lot of support from well-wishers within the community as they prepared to head out to Russia to support Greg in his quest for Olympic gold.
Carol concluded: “Greg’s a winner already as it is a huge achievement to be selected. All the hard work has paid off and, as Greg said in a T.V. interview, they deserve their place.”