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SRUC Student Curlers hailed as World Champions

Published Wednesday, 13th March 2013 in Study at SRUC news

A rink skipped by 2nd Year Agric student Kyle Smith won the gold medal at the World junior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia.

The rink, which also includes 1st year Agric Thomas Muirhead beat the host nation 6-2.

The winning squad consisted of Kyle Smith (skip), Thomas Muirhead (third) Kyle Waddell (second), Cammy Smith (lead), Hammy Macmillan (alternate) with Coach David Ramsay.

The Principal of Scotland’s Rural College, Professor Bob Webb, said:

“I would like to send my congratulations to Kyle, Thomas and the whole team on this fantastic result. As well as demonstrating their tremendous skill and effort it also reflects well on the SRUC student community. All my colleagues at SRUC are proud of the successes achieved by our students and certainly this international success ranks very highly indeed.”

The Scottish rink had reached the final after a round robin of matches, during which the Russian newcomers inflicted their only defeat. According to reports of the final match the Scots were in determined form and the Russians did not get on to the score board until the 8th end. Kyle finished the game off with his first stone in the final end which cleared the house and left the Russians with no options.

Having previously won a bronze Kyle is delighted with his new “right coloured” medal:

"I'm speechless! I don't know what to say. I just feel fantastic. We've just had a really good week and a good year.”

“I can now move on and look forward to getting back to my books and lectures in Edinburgh.”

PS (Ed): He didn’t really say that last bit but I am sure he thought it!

Photo caption (L-R): Coach David Ramsay, alternate Hammy McMillan, lead Cammy Smith, second Kyle Waddell, third Thomas Muirhead, Skip Kyle Smith. Photo courtesy of World Curling Federation/Alina Pavlyuchik.

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