Scots reshuffle world women’s curling roster due to COVID-19

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Scotland have brought in another player ahead of their opener Saturday at the World Women’s Curling Championship because the captain and alternate tested positive for COVID-19.

Beth Farmer, 21, works as a shepherd near her hometown of Kinross and amid a change in the lambing season has been summoned to Prince George, British Columbia, according to Scottish Curling.

Skip Rebecca Morrison expects to join the team later in the tournament. Alternate Fay Henderson also tested positive for the virus on the eve of the 13-nation event at the CN Center.

Farmer, meanwhile, will star with vice Gina Aitken taking over as captain and Sophie Sinclair and Sophie Jackson moving up to third and second respectively.

The Scots played three in their opener on Saturday night against defending champion Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland as they awaited Farmer’s arrival.

“I feel really healthy and ready to go as soon as possible, so we’re doing everything we can in the background to make sure I’ll be involved in the event,” Morrison told Scottish’s website. Curling.

“I won’t be there for the first two days, but things are looking good for us, so I’ll be showing up shortly after the start and we’re still very positive about that.”

Only Jackson and Sinclair have ever competed in a Women’s World Championship.

“Especially with the pandemic, we’ve been dealing with this stuff for two years and we’ve been really mentally prepared for it and are a resilient group working hard every day to figure out where we are with the situation,” Morrison said. .

“Gina has skipped this team before as well, so we’re hoping for good things and a good start.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 19, 2022.

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