Anna Li skip of the French women’s team and Roger Gulka second on the Swiss men’s team have won the 2011 World Junior Sportsmanship Awards.
Li and Gulka were selected for the award by fellow players at this year’s world junior championships in Perth, Scotland. All participants at the World Juniors are invited to nominate a fellow competitor who, in their view, has best exemplified the traditional values of skill, honesty, fair play, sportsmanship and friendship during the event.
20 year old Roger Gulka, from Geneva, has been curling for 11 years, he skipped Switzerland to gold at the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2009, he was second on the Gold medal winning Swiss team at the 2010 juniors and finished with Silver in Perth at this year’s worlds.
Anna Li from Besancon started curling 5 years ago and has already had three junior world championship appearances to her name. The event in Perth is her last juniors and she now plans to play on and represent France with her team of the European C Group championship next September.
The awards were present by Alan Stanfield, chief umpire at the 2011 World Championships and Dianne Barker, Deputy Chief Umpire.
For past winners of the World Junior Sportsmanship Award http://www.worldcurling.org/wjcc-sportsmanship-award