Kelso curler Cameron Bryce swept all before him at the Scottish Curling Mixed Championship last weekend and earned himself a place in the World Championships.
Skipping the only all-junior team at the event, which was held in Aberdeen, the 19-year-old held his nerve to lead his outfit through the highly competitive competition.
Nine teams, split over two sections, competed in the tournament and at the conclusion of the round-robin games, team Waddell topped section A with team Bryce (Cameron Bryce, Katie Murray, Bobby Lammie and Sophie Jackson) in second spot, both on three wins and one loss.
In his semi-final, Bryce met team Brewster and after a very competitive game it was left to the Kelso lad to play a controlled take-out to gain the single shot required for the win.
Team Bryce’s dominant form continued in the final when facing Waddell again and this time there was no stopping the Borderer, who forced his opponent to concede the game at 4–7 down with two stones left to play. Bryce’s team now travel to Bern, Switzerland, for the World Championships in September.
He told The Southern: “We are an extremely young team and most likely will be the youngest in Bern with an average age of just over 18.
“It is fantastic to be representing Scotland in the inaugural World Mixed Curling Championships at the age of 19, and to compete for my country is something I have always dreamt about since I started curling at the Border Ice Rink in Kelso when I was 10 years old.
“The Scottish Championship was the first time that we played together as a team, but we have had recent experience of playing abroad so will know quite a few of our potential competitors.
“Hopefully, this is just a stepping stone for me and I am able to represent Scotland many more times in the future. Prior to winning the Scottish mixed I had a great season, so this just topped it all off.”
Bryce and his team have to fund the majority of this trip themselves so would welcome any financial assistance at all. Contact email@example.com for more information.