WORLD class curler Logan Gray has qualified for the Scottish Championships next month with an unbeaten record of eight games.
Logan (25), from Balfron, skips Team Gray with new team members Sandy Gilmour and Steven Mitchell, who joined Logan and Alasdair Guthrie on the rink last weekend for the second weekend of the qualification rounds at the Dewer Centre, Perth.
Logan, a curling development officer for Active Stirling said: “There were 28 teams in the qualifying round and we each played eight games, with the top 10 teams going through to the Scottish Championships. We were one of only two teams that came through the rounds undefeated.”
The former Balfron Academy pupil said: “I’m satisfied with our performances. We did enough to get through. The opposition was not too bad and we were one of the favourites to go through, but to come through without losing a single game is a real confidence booster.”
On the Scottish Championships Logan added: “This will be the ninth time I have competed in the event in the past 10 years and I believe we have as good a chance as anyone else to win, even though we will be up against some tough teams.”
Team Gray came fourth last year and are working hard to at least gain a podium place when they go up against the countries best curlers next month. The Scottish Championships start February 13 for seven days.
Logan said: “We know what is expected and know the calibre of teams we are going to face. We definitely need to watch out for teams such as David Murdoch and Tom Brewster.”
Brewster, from Aberdeen, is a former World Junior champion, having won this title in 1995.
He has also skipped Scotland to two European mixed titles, in 2006 and in 2009.
Despite the strong opposition Logansaid the changes in their training would stand them in good stead.
The team has a new Swiss coach, Soren Gran and are in the elite Scottish World Class Performance Programme.
Logan said of their training: “We have stepped it up, doing more on the ice and Soren is really putting us through our paces.
“He is getting us to concentrate on our technique on the ice rather than building up our fitness which was what the bulk of our training was like before.”
Logan is also a keen favourite to represent Scotland at the forthcoming World Championships in Basel, Switzerland in mid April.