Tom Celebrates Good Friend Ewan’s Success
Last week Tom had the pleasure of being part of the Civic Reception held for Ewan MacDonald, in recognition of his great achievements on the Curling World Stage. The reception was held in Inverness last Thursday where Ewan’s greatest supporters; friends, family, opponents, team mates and coaches gathered to celebrate his success.
Tom initially floated the idea at the beginning of the year to Inverness City Council, that Ewan be recognised for his achievements within curling by the city of Inverness. Subsequently, the reception was arranged and it was decided that Ewan would be awarded the City of Inverness Medal.
Of course, this is not Ewan’s first medal, one to add to a long list. Ewan’s achievements biggest performances within curling span a huge 11 year timeline (1999-2010). Including;
- 3 time World Champion (1999, 2006, 2009)
- 3 time Winter Olympian (2002, 2006, 2010)
- 10 time World Championship Scotland Representative
- 6 time European Championship Scotland Representative
- Represented Scotland/Team GB on over 200 occasions
Most recently, Ewan has been inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame this year, by the World Curling Federation. Ewan joins many other greats of the game in the Hall of Fame including Anette Norberg (2 time Olympic Champion), Dordi Nordby (18 World Championship Appearances), Kevin Martin (Olympic & World Champion) and Randy Ferby (4 time World Champion) to name a few.
Ewan is not only respected for his success but also his camaraderie, not only with his team mates but his opponents alike. Ewan’s great friend, Torger Neergard made the trip from Norway for the evening, to honour Ewan’s achievements and support him at the reception. Torger is a legend in Norwegian Curling, competing on the world stage from 1997-2023. Torger and Ewan built a great friendship over the years, through their love of curling.
Ewan’s support of curling is further strengthened and demonstrated through his support of the Scottish Junior Curling Championship which is due to finish tomorrow at Curl Aberdeen. Ewan’s finance and insurance business, Macdonald Group, is the title sponsor of the event, providing support to the youth of curling. As title sponsors of the event, they have introduced the inaugural Spirit of Curling Award, to be presented to one male and one female team, for displaying exemplary sportsmanship and honourable conduct on and off the ice throughout the competition. An addition that we here at BCS are delighted to see, to encourage and support the value of good sportsmanship within our great game of curling.
We at BCS would like to congratulate Ewan on his extraordinary career, thank him for his friendship over the years and we can’t wait to see him compete in the Seniors in a few years time…
Photos courtesy of James MacKenzie, Highland News & Media