Learn, Improve, Lead...


25 July 2016

Olympic curler Kelly Schafer (formerly Wood) has been drafted into Team Muirhead as their super sub for the start of the new season.

The world silver medallist and former team mate of Skip Eve Muirhead, brings a wealth of knowledge to the game as well as being a familiar face which should allow her to fit in seamlessly whilst Anna Sloan successfully continues her rehabilitation for her return to the game this season.  Schafer, who now resides in Canada, has continued to operate among the best curlers in the world, winning bronze at the Canadian Mixed Championships as well as the Saskatchewan Mixed Championships in 2014 but now relishes the prospect of returning home to Scotland where she forged her illustrious curling career.

“When Eve asked me if I would consider the possibility of stepping in for Anna, the only reservation I had was whether it would be the right move for the team,” she said.

“Selfishly I didn’t need to give it a second thought, stepping back in to the sport that steals my heart, the place that makes me feel like me, with my friend, old team mate and arguably the best skip in the world – there was no deliberation on a personal level.   “I truly admire the level that this team has taken the game to – leaving no stone unturned with a focus on achieving more - from themselves, from each other and from their support team.

“I am excited about working with Glenn Howard, a playing legend and mastermind of the game – It really is a privilege to be able to curl part of the season with the Olympic bronze medallists.”

Tactical Coach Glenn Howard, who also joined the team recently said, “With the announcement that Kelly Schafer is joining forces with Team Muirhead, it proves the team doesn’t want to miss a step while Anna Sloan is on the mend.  “Kelly brings an incredible amount of experience with a very impressive resume. She also brings familiarity as she has played with Eve on several occasions including the 2010 Winter Olympics. This will allow a very easy transition while playing on a temporary basis. Because Kelly is a very versatile player, with an outgoing personality, I feel she is a perfect fit for Team Muirhead.”

Skip Eve Muirhead welcomed Schafer back into the fold and said they could not have identified a more ideal candidate to fill the breach.

“Having worked so closely with Kelly in the past I know she is one of the finest curlers Scotland has ever produced and playing in Canada has only added an extra dimension to her vast experience. Hopefully she can help us to get off to a flying start to what is going to be a hugely important season as we try to secure our place in Team GB at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.”