Sloan steps away from curling

Sloan steps away from curling
By Sportsbeat

12/07/2018 at 17:37Updated

Team GB's Anna Sloan has announced a break from curling ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Olympic bronze medallist and 2013 World Champion Eve Muirhead will spearhead a new look curling team for 2018-19 without vice skip Sloan.

Team Muirhead's line-up includes long-standing team members Vicki Chalmers (née Adams) and Lauren Gray as well as new recruits Jennifer Dodds and Vicky Wright.

British Curling has announced its investment in 21 athletes across men's and women's curling teams for the next year.

British and Scottish Curling Performance Director Graeme Thompson said: "Congratulations to all of the members who have been selected to the British and Scottish Curling performance programme.

"We are delighted that the programme can support and invest in those who are on the journey towards Beijing 2022.

"We know that the world stage in Curling is becoming more competitive and it will take a lot of ability and commitment for our teams to continue to achieve at the top of the sport. That is our clear aim."

Olympic silver medallist Michael Goodfellow, who played lead for Team Murdoch when they represented Great Britain at the Winter Games in Sochi, has switched allegiances to Team Paterson.

The quartet skippered by Ross Paterson also features Pyeongchang Olympic veteran Kyle Waddell and youngster Duncan Menzies.

Goodfellow said: "It's a really exciting time and great to be asked to be part of a new line up. It feels like a fresh start for me.

"What is key now is that we get the best out of this combination, get the best out of each other so we can push on in this next Olympic cycle.

"Having been part of two Olympic cycles before I know the highs and lows of the game and I know what it takes to get there.

"It was hard not being part of the Olympics in South Korea and it has made me hungrier for it and I don't want to be left behind next time."

The third men's team on the programme at Performance Foundation level is Team Muirhead - containing four of the five Team GB representatives at the Winter Games in South Korea.

Glen Muirhead will skipper the team alongside his brother Thomas. Kyle Smith, who skipped his team to European silver in St Gallen last year, will play third and Cammy Smith second.

2017 world junior silver medallists Team Jackson retain the same line-up from their debut season last term.

Teams:

Team Mouat: Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobbie Lammie and Hammy McMillan.

Team Paterson: Ross Paterson, Kyle Waddell, Duncan Menzies and Michael Goodfellow.

Team Muirhead: Glen Muirhead, Kyle Smith, Thomas Muirhead and Cammy Smith.

Team Muirhead: Eve Muirhead, Jennifer Dodds, Vicki Chalmers (formerly Adams), Lauren Gray and Vicky Wright.

Team Jackson: Sophie Jackson, Naomi Brown, Mili Smith and Sophie Sinclair.

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