World Curling Federation Annual General Assembly April 2012

Norway’s Bent Ånund Ramsfjell has been elected Vice President of the World Curling Federation. Ramsfjell, a 2002 Olympic Winter Games gold medallist, replaces Patrick Hürlimann who is stepping down from the position which he has held since 2010 due to work commitments.

Norway’s Bent Ramsfjell (left of Kate Caitness) and Japan's Toyokazu Ogawa (top centre) were elected to the WCF Board

Among the other elections and decisions made during the Annual General Assembly of the WCF, held during the World Men’s Curling Championship 2012 in Basel, Switzerland:

2012-2014 Executive Board:
President: Kate Caithness (Scotland)
Vice-President: Bent Ånund Ramsfjell (Norway)
Director of Finance: Andy Anderson (USA)

2012-2014 Members at Large:
Young C Kim (Korea)
Toyokazu Ogawa (Japan)
Leif Öhman (Sweden)
Graham Prouse (Canada)

• The Member Associations of the World Curling Federation were informed of first inductees to the newly created WCF Hall of Fame: Jean-Paul Bidaud, Elisabet Gustafson and Günther Hummelt (see Notes to Editors).

• Two Member Associations were suspended for non-payment of subscriptions: Armenia and Bulgaria.

• Members approved provisional membership for the Mongolian Curling Federation, which becomes the 49th Member of the World Curling Federation.

• A decision on provisional membership for the Kosovo Curling Association will be tabled at the next General Assembly.

• The next Assembly is scheduled to take place during the Inaugural World Curling Federation Congress which will be staged at the Turnberry Resort within sight of Ailsa Craig off the Ayrshire coast in Scotland from 16-20 October 2012.

Notes to Editors:

Jean-Paul Bidaud (Switzerland) has been honoured in the World Curling Hall of Fame for his commitment to the sport of curling, in particular the work that he undertook with the International Olympic Committee. Jean-Paul played a pivotal role in the introduction of curling into the Olympic programme, having built a strong relationship with IOC President Juan-Antonio Samaranch, and showcasing curling to the world.

Elisabet Gustafson (Sweden) is one of curling’s most successful athletes. She has won more World Women’s Curling Championship titles than any other female athlete, winning on four occasions (1992, 1995, 1998 & 1999). She has four European Championship gold medals, all won during her golden era, skipping the Swedish women’s team during the 1990s. To add to her championship triumphs, Elisabet is a two-time Olympian, winning bronze in 1998 in Nagano, Japan and latterly finishing sixth in 2002 before she retired from the sport.

Günther Hummelt (Austria) (1931-2010) was involved in almost every capacity of curling. Following a playing and coaching career, Günther established curling clubs in Germany and Austria, as well as helping to set up the Austrian Curling Association. Günther will be remembered for his time with the International Curling Federation, and latterly of the World Curling Federation. He was WCF President from 1990 until 2000 and led the WCF committee which lobbied to achieve Olympic medal status for curling.

About Curling in Mongolia
The Mongolian Curling Federation (MCF) was founded in February 2011. Good winter conditions in the country have led to the development of ice sports. ‘Musun Shagai’ is one traditional ice sport which has been played outdoors on frozen lakes. The MCF plans to develop indoor curling and the construction of the first ice facility in the country is due to begin in 2013.