Local trio on short-list for top curling awards

THREE locals who play leading roles in the popular winter sport of curling have been nominated for top awards at national level.

On the short-list for awards at the annual gala dinner of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club on Saturday, May 21, are Greg Drummond, David Pattullo and Mike Ferguson.

The dinner, to be held this year at the Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel in Polmont, is an opportunity to celebrate curling in Scotland.

It is also an opportunity to recognise the successes of teams, curlers, coaches and volunteers.

The awards are in a number of different categories.

Greg Drummond, who won a silver medal as a member of Tom Brewster’s Scottish team at the World Curling Championships, finds his rink nominated for the team of the year award.

Mike Ferguson, who runs the popular Forfar Curling Centre, has been nominated for the ice rink manager of the year.

Not only did the Forfar centre play host to the competitions and activities of a number of local clubs over the past season it has also been the venue for a range of top events.

It all began with the Ladies Tour in October, the centre also hosting the Scottish Schools Curling Tournament in March.

In addition Forfar was one of ten venues for the Indoor Grand Match, while also staging senior play-downs, and hosting a Canadian curling party touring Scotland.

The Canadian junior team members also used Forfar as a practice base ahead of the world junior champions in Perth in March.

Nominated for the Ice Diamond Award is a Forfar curler of long standing.

David Pattullo has given over four decades of service to his local club, acting as match secretary and also, for many years, providing the press reports of club activities.

Members of local curling clubs who would like to participate in deciding the eventual winners of the various award categories can do so by logging on to the Scottish Caledonian Curling Club website -www.royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org - where they can find all the relevant information.