April 30, 2013
The World Curling Federation (WCF) is pleased to announce the list of individuals selected to sit on the inaugural WCF Athlete Commission and the first WCF Competitions and Rules Commission.
The WCF Athlete Commission will be chaired by 2002 Olympic gold medallist and WCF Vice-President, Bent Ramsfjell, from Norway.
Six athletes have been selected by the WCF Executive Board from a pool nominated by WCF Member Associations to form the inaugural WCF Athlete Commission. They include: two-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time World Women’s Curling Champion Cathrine Lindahl from Sweden; 2009 World champion Bingyu Wang from China; 2007 World champion Kelly Scott from Canada; 2003 World champion Ann Swisshelm from the USA; two-time World Wheelchair Curling Champion and Paralympic silver medallist Michael McCreadie from Scotland and 2006 European champion Andreas Schwaller from Switzerland.
One of their first tasks will be to finalise the remit of the WCF Athlete Commission and also recommend to the WCF Executive Board the selection process for future members of the Commission.
The Competition and Rules Commission will be chaired by WCF President Kate Caithness and WCF Executive Board Member Graham Prouse, with WCF Director of Competitions and Development, Keith Wendorf, also a member of the Commission.
This Commission is comprised of individuals nominated by WCF Member Associations who are involved in both the development and administration of curling.
The six members include: Paul Alghren (Sweden); John Brown (England); Hew Chalmers (Scotland); Karel Kubeska (Czech Republic); Danny Lamoureux (Canada) and Mark Swandby (USA).
These individuals will provide advice and recommendations to the WCF Executive Board and through them to the Member Associations of the WCF, on matters relating to competitions and rules.
Speaking about the announcement of both Commissions, WCF President Kate Caithness said: “We are delighted to have received such a high calibre of nominations from around the world for our first ever Athlete Commission and Competition and Rules Commission. The candidates selected for the two Commissions bring with them a wealth of experience and have already proved themselves to be great ambassadors for curling. We look forward to working with them to help shape and develop the future of our great sport.”
While members of each Commission will work together throughout the year, they will also have the opportunity to meet face-to-face for the first time at the WCF’s Annual Congress which is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 30 August to 2 September this year.