Maureen Mackay of Dornoch Curling Club, playing in the Ladies Lefthanders’ World Curling Championships in Oakville, Ontario, last weekend, has returned home as a World Champion.
Playing lead with three Canadians – in a rink which was only put together two weeks before the championships – the four gelled immediately and produced a performance which outplayed rinks with long records of tournament success.
Maureen, who plays very little now following the closure of the Brora rink and who finds the ice and the facilities at the Inverness Ice Centre not to her liking, enjoys the perfectly prepared ice in Oakville.
She played consistently well throughout a gruelling weekend of curling and socialising! She becomes the first non-North American to win in the 33 years of the Ladies’ Championships, a success that was warmly welcomed by all the participants.
This was Maureen’s fourth visit to the championships.
She was accompanied by her husband, Ian, who plays for the Corriefisters rink in the men’s competition. As they played at different times each day, they were able to watch each other’s games. Ian told the NT that he found viewing Maureen’s semi and final much more nerve wracking than playing.
The Scots and their Canadian friends celebrated Maureen’s success on Sunday evening, hardly believing that April 1st could have turned out so spectacularly well.
Both Maureen and Ian had contemplated making 2012 their last year of participation in the championships but are now looking forward to a return visit next year for Maureen to defend and also to see the new facilities, as the Oakville club are preparing to demolish the non-curling hall part of their premises and rebuild before next season.