Can I welcome everyone, whether a sponsor, curler; coach or spectator, to the inaugural City of Perth Ladies International with title sponsorship by EDF Energy.
We are delighted that this Champions Curling Tour event has attracted teams from Asia, North America and Europe to compete alongside the best Scottish and English teams in a stellar field.
This is a first opportunity for the top ladies curling teams to visit the Fair City of Perth, and compete in a town
with historic links to the game, on a renowned ice surface at Dewars Centre which has hosted many World, European and Scottish Championship events, plus the highly acclaimed Mercure City of Perth Masters which is also a Champions Curling Tour event.
Without our sponsors we would have been unable to organise this competition, so we are very grateful to EDF Energy, Perth & Kinross Council, Mercure Perth Hotel, and British Curling, along with Le Gruyere AOP for their input to the production costs for both television and internet coverage. I must also thank those local businesses who have taken up the offer of individual team sponsorship.
Can I take this opportunity to wish all of the teams every success, and good fun and friendship both on and off the ice. I know that we can look forward to an exceptional four days of curling with 9 games being televised live on BBC Alba as well as streamed on the internet.
Bill Duncan, Chairman
City of Perth Ladies International