Published: 18/01/2013 10:41 - Updated: 18/01/2013 10:49

Schoolgirl curler seeks national glory

Written byBy Craig Christie

A MORAY schoolgirl will put exam revision on ice to compete at this month’s Scottish Junior Curling Championships.

Eilidh Yeats is heading to the Scottish Junior Curling Championships.
Eilidh Yeats is heading to the Scottish Junior Curling Championships.

Elgin Academy pupil Eilidh Yeats will compete against the country’s best under-21 curlers in Aberdeen in a tournament which finishes the day before her first prelim exam.

Eilidh (17) is one of five members of the Moray Junior Curling Club chosen to participate in a talent programme run by Scottish curling’s national body, the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, and hopes to step up to Royal Club Academy level next year.

After impressing in slam competitions, she was picked up by a Kinross rink to play in Scottish Championships qualifiers, and as part of a four-girl team has made it through to the final stages.

“We are the youngest team to qualify, so we’re proud of that,” she said. “We played in Perth against 12 other teams over three days and got through.”

The championships take place at the Curl Aberdeen centre on January 23–27, ending a day before Eilidh’s English prelim exam.

“I’ll be studying the whole week through the tournament. The early games are at 8am or half past and the night games start around 4.30, so there will be plenty time during the day for revising.”

Eilidh, the oldest in a team which also comprises curlers from Kinross, Aberdeen and Inverness, is still young enough to compete at under-17 level, but sees taking part in an under-21 tournament as an exciting challenge to try and pit her wits against more experienced opponents.

“We’re aiming to win at least two of our games, which won’t be easy against teams of 20-year-olds.”

Full story in the Northern Scot print version.
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