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Team Cowan take the High Road at the National Wheelchair Pairs

Wheelchair Curling 2014 winners

Team Cowan are the Stars at the 2014 National Wheelchair Pairs Curling Championship

There is a new pair of champions following this year’s Star Refrigeration National Wheelchair Pairs Curling Championship, which took place last weekend at Braehead Ice Rink in Glasgow.

The much-loved competition saw 16 pairs of curlers competing for the grand prize this year, with teams hailing from all over Scotland. After making it through the round robin stages, John Doyle from East Kilbride and Daniel Cowan from Lockerbie managed to claim victory in their High Road final against Paul Webster and Angela Higson, taking the crown from two time winners Mo Simpson and Ian Donaldson.

Alan Walkinshaw, Star’s Director of Sales, attended the championships to present the prizes to the lucky winners. Speaking about the event, he said: “It was a pleasure to attend the finals again. The standard of play seems to improve with each year and  it was great to see new winners in John and Daniel come to the fore this year.

Star Refrigeration has been proud to sponsor the National Pairs competition for the last 9 years in a period when participation levels and performance levels have increased, as has the profile of wheelchair curling.”

As well as Team Cowan, the curlers were also celebrating another team’s win after the success of Team GB at the Winter Paralympics earlier in the year. The bronze win of the Scottish curling team in Sochi propelled the sport into the spotlight, and tribute was paid to their victorious friends (with skip Aileen Neilson having previously won the Star Championships herself) in the form of a Sochi 2014 banner hung up at the event.

David Morgan, Chairman of the Scottish Wheelchair Curling Association, said: “I would like to thank Star Refrigeration for all the support afforded to the Wheelchair Curling Championship by sponsoring us over the past nine years at Braehead Ice Rink.

Interest levels in our sport have been soaring after Sochi. This has been a landmark year for wheelchair curling, and Star have really been a tremendous contribution to the promotion of wheelchair curling in Scotland.”

PHOTO (L-R: Daniel Cowan, Alan Walkinshaw of Star Refrigeration, John Doyle).

For more information about the weekend’s matches, visit the Royal Caledonian Curling Club.


Glasgow University honours sports students

Lauren GrayThe University of Glasgow hosted an inaugural reception to honour the recent success of their students in sport and to celebrate the selection of this year’s sport bursars.

The event, held in the university chapel today, celebrated the significant number of talented athletes at the University all looking to combine a first class degree while competing at national and international levels in their sport.

One of the athletes is Laura Muir, current 3rd year Veterinary Medicine student, who has already been selected to compete in the 800m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Another is Lauren Gray (photographed) who won the World Curling Championship earlier this year.

Euan Smith, Assistant Director, Sport and Recreation Service said:- “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of many of our talented athletes that form part of our student body and alumni. We wish them all the very best in the coming year which will be a fantastic year of sport for the city and the University”.

This is is a full list of students receiving bursaries:

Athletics Laura Muir
Taeknowdo Hazel Bracken
Basketball Calum Nicol
Swimming Camilla Hattersley
Athletics Jo Patterson
Karate Stephanie Connell
Kite Surfing Holly Kennedy
Rowing Emma McDonald
Rugby Megan Gaffney
Badminton Matthew Carder
Track Cycling Kenny Ayre
Rowing Rebecca Lightfoot
Figure Skating & Ice Dance Ashley mitchell
Karate Giovanni Rossi
Cricket Samantha Haggo
Volleyball Caitlin McEwan
Volleyball Kirsty McLean
Squash Mhairi Charlton
Hockey Fiona Bruce
Hockey Michael McKenzie
Basketball Aljosa Alilovic
Lacrosse Aidan Bundy
Lacrosse Matthew Hill
Cycling Stuart Wilcox
Karate Marc Macaulay
Table Tennis Lynda Flaws
Athletics Lachlan Oates
Athletics Kathryn Pennel
High Jump Nikki Manson
Curling Rachel Hannen
Athletics Andrew Murphy
Rugby Ben Johnston
Curling Lauren Gray