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CURLING LEGEND GLENN HOWARD JOINS TEAM MUIRHEAD

6 July 2016

Glenn Howard, one of the world’s finest curlers is set to join the British Curling programme working with Team Muirhead as their tactical coach.

The 53-year-old, who has won both the Canadian and World Championships four times, is still competing at the highest level having set new standards in the sport as the only player to have won the World’s in four different decades, claiming his first title in 1987 before Eve Muirhead - the fellow world champion skip he will now be working with - was born.

Having also lifted the title in 1993 and 2007 the latest of his successes was in 2012 and, still competing with the aim of representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics, his understanding of the modern game, allied to that depth of knowledge accrued over 30 years competing at the highest level, are the qualifications which persuaded the top Scottish rink that he can help them upgrade the bronze medal they won at Sochi in 2014.

The partnership represents a major coup for Team Muirhead at a key moment in their bid to represent Team GB at another Winter Olympics following their decision to make a significant change to their line-up with the recruitment of Lauren Gray, who skipped the team they beat in last season’s Scottish Championship final.

Eve Muirhead said of their latest acquisition, “It is a massive boost to have Glenn Howard joining our team. Having won four world championships he is a legend in the sport and someone I have always looked up to.

“His track record in the game demonstrates his calibre at the top level while he is still actively competing, which means we can have complete confidence that his tactical knowledge is 100 per cent up to date. That is exactly what we are looking for to help us build on the success we have already achieved.”

Howard’s decision is a measure of the respect Team Muirhead has earned in the world’s leading curling nation, but he, too, is excited by the chance to develop his coaching career by working with some of the world’s best curlers.

“I am honoured and humbled to be a part of the coaching staff for one of the best ladies teams in the world, Team Muirhead,” he said.

“I know what it takes to become one of the World’s best and more importantly what it takes to stay there. There are many sacrifices required but as long as the team has the belief in each other, the drive and commitment, goals can be achieved.

“I see these qualities within Team Muirhead. I believe that my experience can complement the work Team Muirhead has already been doing. This is an extremely talented team that I plan to help make better.”

British Curling’s Performance Director Graham Thompson said, “Our programme is committed to seeking the very best possible support for those contending for Winter Olympic places.

“Glenn Howard’s vast knowledge and tactical expertise can benefit Team Muirhead tremendously and this consequently looks like an ideal fit.”

Red Sky Athlete Director Jason White commented " The addition of Glen will help challenge and improve Team Muirhead as they strive to be the best they can be working towards the 2018 Winter Olympics"