Paterson and Jackson are Scots' picks for Jonkoping
Former World Junior bronze medallist Paterson looking forward to "aggressive curling" in leg three
Team Ross Paterson and Team Sophie Jackson will wear the Scottish saltire at Curling World Cup leg three in Jonkoping later this month.
Glasgow-born Paterson will be joined by team-mates Kyle Waddell, Duncan Menzies and Michael Goodfellow for the trip to Sweden from 30 January – 3 February. They will face Norway’s Team Steffen Walstad, Canada’s Team Matt Dunstone and an as-yet unnamed Chinese rink in Group B.
For Team Paterson it will be an “extra special” trip as it will mark their first time together representing Scotland. “It's an honour to play for your country and we'll be looking to have a successful event,” said their 34-year-old skip.
Team Bruce Mouat and Team Eve Muirhead competed in the first two Curling World Cup legs and Mouat’s team - the recently crowned European champions - have passed on some wisdom to Paterson and his team-mates.
He revealed: “Team Mouat have very much enjoyed both their World Cup experiences so far which makes it an exciting opportunity for us as a team. We're looking forward to the new challenge of handling the time clocks per end and playing aggressive curling which is always fun as I'm sure all teams will be looking for a win in regulation play given there aren't any extra ends.
“Group B is looking pretty strong! We know Team Dunstone and Team Walstad well and they're both having great seasons so it's shaping up to be an exciting event. We've also played a few Chinese teams on tour this year and they were both very good, so we know we're going to have to bring our A game to come out of the group.”
On visiting Sweden, the 2005 World Junior champion commented: “There isn't a men's tour event in Sweden currently so it's somewhere we don't get to travel to often which makes this World Cup leg a bit more special for us. It's also not far for us to travel to which is nice!”
The Scotland women’s team comprises skip Sophie Jackson, third Naomi Brown, second Mili Smith and lead Sophie Sinclair.
The rink made it into the play-offs for the first time this season at their seventh attempt by reaching the quarter-finals at the recent Karuizawa International before losing 6-3 to Team Anna Sidorova.
They will not get the chance for immediate revenge in Jonkoping though as the group draw sees them avoid the Russians. Instead they face United States’ Team Cory Christensen, Japan’s Team Tori Koana and an as-yet-unnamed Chinese side in Group B.
"The Curling World Cup will be one of our biggest competitions as a team so far, alongside the World Juniors in 2017," said skip Jackson. "We are looking forward to representing Scotland again and are grateful for the opportunity. This event will be all about gaining vital experience for us.
"We have competed in Sweden several times as a team and we really enjoy being there. We have experienced some success competing in Sweden so hopefully we can continue to do so in the Curling World Cup."