World Class Performance
The British Curling World Class Performance Programme s is a comprehensive athlete support programme aimed at developing highly talented athletes with the potential to become Olympic/Paralympic medallists at the 2018 or 2022 Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games.
British Curling receives a four year funding award from UK Sport to contribute to the costs of operating the WCP for the period 2014-2018. This typically helps fund such things as WCP training facilities, coaching support, sports science and medicine provision, competition travel and accommodation costs, domestic and overseas training camps, kit and equipment. The programmes are also provided with an agreed number of Athlete Performance Award (APA) Places, administered by UK Sport, which British Curling nominate selected athletes to receive.
In return for funding from UK Sport, British Curling agrees a series of performance targets culminating in the Winter Olympics/ Paralympics. Each year of the cycle in the run up to the Games, targets are agreed for results at major events to track progress towards the Olympics and Paralympics. This is reviewed annually with UK Sport and depending on results, programmes funding and therefore the number athletes that can be supported through the WCP, may increase or decrease.
Structure of the World Class Programmes
The British Curling WCP consists of two distinct programme levels, which athletes will be assigned to upon selection, depending on their stage of development.
The Podium Programme
- Developing athletes to win Olympic medals OR Paralympic Gold medals at the
2018 Winter Olympic/ Paralympic Games.
The Podium Potential Programme
- Developing athletes to be competitive in qualifying for the 2018 winter Olympics, with an overall aim of winning medals in 2018 and/ or 2022 winter Olympics.
- Developing athletes to win medals in the 2018 winter Paralympics, with an overall aim of winning gold medals in the 2022 winter Paralympics.
NOTE:- It is planned that the two programme levels of support should be available for the Mens and Women Olympic Programmes.
For the Wheelchair Curling Paralympic programme, only 1 of these levels will be available.
At the time of writing, it is not possible to confirm athlete numbers, or which level the Paralympic programme will be based on, as these will be confirmed and communicated once the UK Sport, 2018 investment decisions for Curling and Wheelchair Curling are confirmed in July 2014.
Podium Squads 2013-2014
Hamilton McMillan Jnr
Selections are valid from 1st May 2013 to 31st July 2014.
Head Men’s Coach: Soren Gran
Head Women’s Coach: Rhona Martin
Click here to view the 2014-15 World Class Performance & Paralympic Programme Selection Process & Statement
For an outline and statement regarding the selection process please click here
sportscotland Institute of Sport is a support network for the delivery of the World Class Performance Programme.