World Curling appoint new Competitions and Development Officer

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The World Curling Federation has appointed the Czech Republic’s Jiri Snitil as its newest Competitions and Development Officer.

Snitil is best known as skip of the Czech Republic’s men’s team. He has represented his country at seven World Men’s Curling Championships. Also, he won a European Curling Championships bronze medal in 2012 and a European Mixed medal in 2008. He first represented Czech Republic in 1999 at the European Curling Championships as an alternate.

In his professional career, Snitil has worked as a project and event manager for various organisations. In that role he has organised events and multi-day conferences for up to 6,5000 people. He has arranged events for companies, including Saint Gobain, Siemens and Samsung.

Snitil, who will take up his new role on 1 November, replaces Paddy Kaeser, from Switzerland, who leaves the Federation to take up an event management position in Switzerland.

The World Curling Federation’s Competitions and Development Officers act as Technical Delegates across the organisation’s international championships, ensuring the smooth delivery of those events and they run and develop camps, courses and other development programmes.

World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “We look forward to Jiri joining our team in November and bringing his vast knowledge of event management and curling experience, having represented Czech Republic as an elite athlete for over 19 years.

“Also, we wish Paddy all the very best in his future endeavours and thank him for his services to the organisation.”

Snitil said: “I love working in curling and having ended my playing career this is the perfect opportunity to keep doing that. This position ideally combines my skills and experiences as a curler and in my working career.”

As well as Snitil’s appointment, the World Curling Federation has appointed its Communications and Media Relations Manager, Cameron MacAllister, to a new Head of Media role. With a growing number of international events and an expanding media team, the Head of Media will direct the delivery of the organisation’s communication strategy, logistics and the day-to-day running of the media department.

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