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GBR Men's Curling Win Universiade Gold 07/02/2017

GBR men’s curling beat Sweden in the 2017 Winter Universiade final in Almaty, Kazakhstan to win GBR’s first medal of the 2017 edition of the multi-sport competition.

After winning 10 matches out of 10, the men’s curling team found themselves up against a strong Swedish outfit. In their run to the final, GBR arguably faced their toughest challenge against reigning Universiade champions, Norway. Brimming with confidence after winning all nine of their previous fixtures, GBR recorded a 9-8 win against one of the event favourites. Now it was only Sweden that stood between them and the international spoils.

A tense final ensued, with GBR taking a 5-2 lead into the half-time interval, before a Sweden resurgence saw them score four points without response in the second half – giving them a 6-5 lead heading into the final ends.

It was neck-and-neck in the latter stages of the final, but GBR regained their earlier match form and the Swedish team were forced to settle for a silver medal as GBR triumphed with an 8-6 victory.

GBR’s men’s curling team captain, Bruce Mouat said: “It feels great that the men have finally won the gold. It was a really good final – we started really well and finished really well. To finally get the gold around our neck and to do it in such fashion is just absolute class,”

Team GBR Chef de Mission, Neil Rogers added: “It’s an amazing achievement by Bruce, Derrick, Bobby, Gregor & Alasdair, and follows a rich tradition of GB curling success at the Universiade – we are all immensely proud of our new World Champions!”

GBR men’s curling team:

Cate Brewster — Head Coach      

Gregor Cannon — University of Strathclyde
Derrick Sloan — Robert Gordon University
Bruce Mouat — Edinburgh Napier University
Alasdair Schrieiber — University of Strathclyde
Bobby Lammie — University of Stirling

The 2017 Winter Universiade, or the World University Winter Games, is an international multi-sport event which is organised for university students and is held under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is one of only two senior multi-sport international winter events, alongside the Winter Olympics.

Follow team GBR’s progress at the multi-sport over the last few competition days on Twitter using the GBR-specific hashtag (#WUGSGB), or the official event hashtag (#WUAlmaty2017). To find out more about the competition, including a full event timetable and a list of featured disciplines, visit the BUCS website or the event website.

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