Rhiann warms up for Scottish qualifiers

RGU: SPORT scholar, Rhiann Macleod, glided to victory alongside teammates on the curling rink last weekend.

Rhiann Macleod 2Social work student, Rhiann, 22, from Blair Atholl, competed in the Aberdeen Ladies Invitational event held at Curl Aberdeen from 16 to 18 November.  The event also provided an important opportunity for her to prepare for the Scottish Woman's Championships in early December.

At the Aberdeen competition, Rhiann and her teammates - Becca Kesley (skip), Lesley Young and Rachel Hannen - were unbeaten in the first round. They finished top which placed them in the final against the reigning champions, led by Kay Gibb.

Rhiann said: “We started off well in the final taking singles in the first and second ends.  The score finished 6-2 when we ran them out of stones and they had to forfeit.”

Rhiann has curled since she was 12 years old, and has competed at national level from 14. She played at the top of Junior level for a few years before winning the Scottish Juniors in 2011.

In the same year she went on to win the gold medal in the World Junior Championships on home soil in Perth, before completing the hat-trick by claiming the Scottish Women’s Championships.

The sport scholar will next face the qualifiers for the Scottish woman's championships in Dumfries on 1 and 2 December. She will play alongside a different ladies team, skipped by Kerry Barr.

She said: I am quite nervous about the qualifiers as there are no second chances. The younger teams always up their game against you as well as they have nothing to lose. We just need to go out and play as well as we can with the attitude that we will have no easy games, and hopefully we will be grand.”


Issued by:

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care
Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389