TEAM JACKSON SET TO MAKE WORLD DEBUT IN DENMARK
Scottish Champions Team Jackson will make their first competitive appearance at the World Women’s Curling Championships when it gets underway in Denmark tomorrow (16-24 March 2019).
The competition newcomers skipped by Sophie Jackson – who has had a taste of World Championship experience as the fifth player for Team Fleming last year – will take on Japan also making their event debut, in their opening game at the Silkeborg Sportscenter.
The Scottish quartet just missed out on a medal and finished fourth at the World University Games ahead of this event and skip Jackson believes that competitive experience has put them in good stead for the tournament ahead.
“It was a great experience to be a part of a multi sports games event, one which I’m sure will stand us in good stead for the future.
“It was disappointing for us to lose out on the chance of a medal but we will learn from that and take the lessons into the week ahead.
“We feel in a good place to be competing at the World Championships, with the University Games being a great build up for us. We are really excited to make our debut and play against some really strong teams. I think it will be a great week for us to learn from the environment and the support staff we have around us, again building up our experience,” said Jackson.
Their rink will look to capitalise on the knowledge team coach Tom Brewster can provide, having had experience of the game on the biggest stage. He won silver at the men’s world championships in 2012 and 2011 and bronze in 2002 and again in 2013, the year before he won silver at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
Like his team, Brewster is looking forward to making his debut at the World Championships, albeit in a coaching role this time around.
“The World University Games in Krasnoyarsk was a great experience for the girls. Getting to compete in near Olympic conditions provided them with a wealth of experience. Finishing 4th is always the hardest spot. However, the all-round experience and games played in Krasnoyarsk will serve them well in Silkeborg.
“Hopefully they will be able to bring their best games to this event and get the chance to really enjoy it along the way.
"I myself am really looking forward to being involved again at a World Championship. I remember my first Worlds as a player and it was a huge honour and gave me a great buzz to take to the ice wearing my Scotland top. Hopefully the girls will get that same feeling and use that passion to help them get results,” he added.
13 teams will be taking part in the 40th staging of the Women’s World Championships and following the round robin games the top six teams will qualify for the play-offs. The medal games will take place on Sunday 24 March 2019.
Lauren Gray (alternate)
Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.