World Curling Federation appoints new Media Officer
The World Curling Federation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik, PhD, from Budapest, Hungary as a Media Officer.
Bardocz-Bencsik has been working alongside the World Curling Federation’s Media Team since 2014. Initially, in her role as Press Officer for the Hungarian Curling Federation, Bardocz-Bencsik was a beneficiary of the Media Assistance Programme.
Following her time with the Hungarian Curling Federation, Bardocz-Bencsik has worked with the World Curling Federation Media Team directly as a freelance contractor. Most notably, she covered the 2016 and 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games and the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
Bardocz-Bencsik graduated from the PhD programme of the University of Physical Education, Hungary in early 2021. Her research areas include the role of sport in international development and high-profile athletes’ involvement in development work.
Matching her passion for sport-for-development and curling, she is an advisor of the “Global Initiative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Curling”.
“Becoming Media Officer at the World Curling Federation is a dream come true. This is what I wanted to do since my first event in 2014,” said Bardocz-Bencsik. “I cannot wait to start contributing to the promotion and development of curling in this new role.”
“We are delighted to bring Mariann into the expanded media team on a full-time basis after several years of working with us as a contractor,” said Head of Media, Christopher Hamilton. “Mariann’s enthusiasm for our sport and her previous experience working on the international stage will be invaluable in what is expected to be a very busy season.”
Bardocz-Bencsik will be tasked with a focus on the European Member Associations of the World Curling Federation, while existing Media Officer, Emily Dwyer, will now oversee the Americas and Pacific-Asia Member Associations.
Bardocz-Bencsik will begin her role as a World Curling Federation Media Officer on Wednesday 1 September 2021.