Curling Loses Two Great Friends

In the last two weeks, the world of curling has lost two great friends who made a great contribution to the sport in very different ways.

Annemie De Jongh was the long time World Curling Federation representative for the Netherlands and served as European Curling Federation Secretary General for many years. She died on 10 April at the age of 85.

Wes Richardson was part of the famous Canadian curling team which shot to fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s and won three Scotch Cups as lead on the team. He died at the weekend after a battle with cancer. He was 81.

Our thoughts, and those of the wider curling family, are with their families at this sad time. Their contribution to our sport will be remembered.

Perth, Scotland

9 August 2011