Two-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion Kelly Scott has been selected by the World Curling Federation (WCF) to be part of the inaugural WCF Athlete Commission, while Canadian Curling Association Director, Championship Services & Curling Club Development Danny Lamoureux has been selected to the first WCF Competitions and Rules Commission, where he’ll join former Canadian Curling Association governor Graham Prouse.
The announcements were made on Tuesday by the WCF.
“I’m very happy to see Kelly and Danny recognized in this way,” said Canadian Curling Association Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “Both are passionate about the sport of curling and will have much to offer as these commissions go forward.”
The Athlete Commission will be chaired by 2002 Olympic gold medallist and WCF Vice-President Bent Ramsfjell of Norway. It features athletes nominated by WCF Member Associations. Other members named on Tuesday are two-time Olympic and two-time world champion Cathrine Lindahl of Sweden, former world champions Bingyu Wang of China and Ann Swisshelm of the U.S., two-time world wheelchair champion Michael McCreadie of Scotland and 2006 European champion Andreas Schwaller of Switzerland
The Competition and Rules Commission, meanwhile, will be co-chaired by Prouse (now a member-at-large with the WCF), WCF President Kate Caithness and WCF Director of Competitions and Development, Keith Wendorf.
Joining Lamoureux and Prouse on the commission, which will make recommendations to the WCF executive board on rules and competitions, will be Paul Alghren of Sweden, John Brown of England, Hew Chalmers of Scotland, Karel Kubeska of the Czech Republic and Mark Swandby of the U.S.
“We are delighted to have received such a high calibre of nominations from around the world for our first ever Athlete Commission and Competition and Rules Commission,” said Caithness. “The candidates selected for the two Commissions bring with them a wealth of experience and have already proved themselves to be great ambassadors for curling. We look forward to working with them to help shape and develop the future of our great sport.”
The two commissions will be on hand for the WCF’s Annual Congress, beginning Aug. 30 in Copenhagen, Denmark.