Ward looks to make curling history
Angharad Ward is writing her name in the history books just by going to the Winter Youth Olympics but the teenage curler insists she is interested in silverware, not just personal accolades.
The 16-year-old has announced herself as one of English curling’s brightest prospects ever since arriving from Canada last year, representing her adopted country at the European Junior Challenge in Prague.
And last month Ward made the jump up to senior competition as she helped England win three games at their European Championships in Moscow as they just missed out on the Group B play-offs.
All this early promise earned her a plane ticket to Austria for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics as early as September, making her the first English curler to do so with the rest of her team all hailing from Scotland.
But despite admitting to pride at her Innsbruck selection, Ward’s thirst for glory won’t be quenched unless she makes an appearance on the podium.
“It makes me feel really privileged and proud to be the first English curler to play at the Winter Youth Olympics,” said Ward.
“I was over the moon when I found out and it is so exciting to think that I will be at the first Winter Youth Olympics and it is just an amazing opportunity.
“I found out back in September so I have had a lot of time to think about it, although after that I was in Moscow for the senior Europeans which was a really good tournament to build my confidence ahead of Innsbruck.
“Even though I am really proud to be the first English curler I still think we should be going for medals as we are heading to Austria highly ranked.
“I think we are ranked third so we have a really good chance of winning a medal and that will mean so much to me so that is my aim out there.”
With Ward outnumbered on the British curling team heading for Innsbruck three to one by her Scottish teammates, the teenager realises she has a duty to England to perform.
And despite being hell-bent on winning a medal, she is also aware of the need to raise the profile of the sport back home.
“I think more people need to get involved in curling in England and I hope I can play some part in that,” she added.
“Curling is so big in Scotland but I want to show that English people can curl too. So I hope to prove that in Innsbruck and hopefully bring back some silverware in the process.”