Published Wednesday, 12th March 2014 in Study at SRUC news
Scotland’s Rural College students recently bagged a silver medal at the World Junior Curling Championships in Switzerland.
The Great Britain men’s team boasts two SRUC students; skip Kyle Smith and Thomas Muirhead, who were a little disappointed with the result having won gold in 2013.
They lost by the narrowest of margins to an on form Swiss team who hadn’t lost a match. Afterwards, Kyle Smith said: “We didn’t play our best by any means. You can’t take anything from them, they played very well”.
The British rink found themselves behind early on in the match when the Swiss picked up three in the second and third ends to leave them 3-1 up. By the end of the sixth things looked even bleaker with Switzerland 6-2 ahead yet some good play by the Brits saw them make up the deficit a little and at the beginning of the tenth end it was Switzerland 6, Great Britain 4. Sadly it wasn’t enough with the Swiss team claiming victory just one stone ahead (6-5) in the final end.
Both Thomas and Kyle, alongside their teammates, have had incredible success at junior level over the past three years. As well as gold last year and silver this year, they took home the bronze medal in 2012 Junior World Championships, and at the end of last year they won silver at the World University Winter Games.
Kyle has now decided to retire from junior competition, looking to make a move into the senior game.
He said: “I am planning on playing at men's level and hoping to continue the success we have had in juniors. I hope the experiences I have had from juniors will help me to further my career and I’ll hopefully make it to Olympics one day.”
Photo caption: Kyle Smith in action! (Photo: Richard Gray)
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