Murrayfield curler Bruce Mouat “shot the lights out” to become the first Scottish winner since Kyle Smith in 2013 at the World Junior Championships in Taarnby, near Copenhagen yesterday.
The 21-year-old Napier student upgraded his bronze medal from Tallinn last March with a convincing 8-4 victory over US skip Kory Dropkin, who had beaten Mouat 7-6 last Monday before losing 7-5 to the Scot in Saturday’s 1v2 play-off.
Mouat avoided another close finish in the final as he dominated from the outset, leading 2-0 and 4-1 and never allowing Dropkin to launch a fightback.
“Bruce Mouat, world champion – that sounds pretty cool!” he smiled. “I’ve been curling for years now, and all that hard work comes out in a final like that. I can’t thank my team-mates (Angus Dowell, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon and alternate Robin Brydone) and support team enough.
“I feel a lot more relaxed than I expected. Saturday was an emotional rollercoaster, but I was quite chilled today. We controlled things from the start, and that helped how I felt.
“I’ve been curling for years now, and all that hard work comes out in a final like that. I can’t thank my team-mates (Angus Dowell, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon and alternate Robin Brydone) and support team enough.”
Dropkin generously added: “Bruce shot the lights out today.”
Mouat has a chance to make it double gold next month when he and clubmate Gina Aitken represent Scotland at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Karlstad, Sweden.