Team Great Britain

L-R: Duncan Menzies (Skip); Angharad Ward (Third & Vice-skip); Thomas Muirhead (Second); Rachel Hannen (Lead). Photo: Bob Cowan

The British Olympic Association announced a squad of 23 young athletes from 9 winter Olympic disciplines selected to compete for Team GB at the first winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which takes place in Innsbruck, Austria, from 13-22 January 2012.

The Team GB delegation will be led by Chef de Mission Sir Clive Woodward and the event will see Team GB’s athletes, aged 14-18, compete alongside over 1,000 of the best young winter sport athletes from around the world in all seven sports on the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games programme.

There is a familiar name included in the curling squad - Thomas Muirhead, younger brother of Eve, the four-time junior World and current senior European Champion and Team GB Olympian. Eve will be present in Innsbruck herself after being appointed as an Athlete Role Model for the sport of curling by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The mixed gender curling team will be skipped by Duncan Menzies (from Arbroath) and also includes Rachel Hannen (from Hamilton) as well as English curler Angharad Ward (from Tonbridge).

Commenting on his selection to Team GB, Skip Duncan Menzies, said: "I am really excited about representing Team GB in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Representing your country is a great honour and pulling on the Team GB kit will be a special moment in my career. I'm going to give it 100% and I am sure I will gain a great deal from the experience, on and off the field of play."

Team-mate Thomas Muirhead, added: "I am thrilled to be selected for Team GB for the winter Youth Olympic Games. Competing against the best athletes of my age from all over the world in an Olympic setting is really exciting. I will do my very best to win a medal for Team GB in Austria."

British Olympic Association Media Release
www.olympics.org.uk

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