Winners of curling's Sports Media Trainee Programme selected for 2018-2019

  • Previous Sports Media Trainee winners Emile Gareev and Hayden Nollenberger at the WJCC 2018 © WCF / Richard Gray

The Sports Media Trainee Programme (SMTP) is set for its sixth year of the programme with a strong line-up of candidates who will work with the World Curling Federation’s media team this season.

Journalism and photography students from 14 countries around the world applied for one of three positions to work at upcoming international curling championships, gaining hands-on work experience as a trainee. The winning candidates were selected anonymously by the World Curling Federation’s selection panel on Thursday 25 October 2018. Congratulations to the winning candidates and special thanks to those who submitted entries – the standards were very high.


Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2018 (Tallinn, Estonia): 16-24 November

• Trainee Journalist: Sandrine Wyrich, 21, studying Journalism at the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley, Scotland
• Trainee Photographer: Stephen Fisher, 20, studying Photography at the University of Central Lancashire in Lancashire, England

World Junior Curling Championships 2019 (Liverpool, Canada): 16-23 February

• Trainee Journalist: Yue Xu, 19, studying at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China
• Trainee Photographer: Rachel MacRae, 24, studying at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland

World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019 (Stavanger, Norway): 20-27 April

• Trainee Journalist: Aidah Namukose, 19, studying at African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa
• Trainee Photographer: Hu Chenwei ,18, studying Journalism at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in Shanghai, China

To see the work of our winning trainees, visit the official event websites during the season: | |

For more opportunities like this, you can follow the World Curling Federation on Twitter, Instagram (@worldcurling) and Facebook (/WorldCurlingFederation) and by searching the hashtag #curling

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