Curler takes on sister and uni exam on same day

Gina Aitken, above, faces her younger sister Karina in Dumfries
Gina Aitken, above, faces her younger sister Karina in Dumfries
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Murrayfield curler Gina Aitken now knows how her doubles partner Bruce Mouat felt last month when he sat a university exam at the same time as competing in the Edinburgh International.

Aitken was set to follow a similar schedule at the Dumfries Challenge today, playing her opening match in the morning, then sitting an exam at Glasgow University’s Dumfries campus before returning to the tournament in the evening. To complicate matters, her first opponent will be her younger sister Karina.

“We’ll treat that game like any other,” promised the world junior silver medallist. “We want to win it and Karina will feel the same way, although it’s difficult for our parents supporting us! I’ve been very busy with uni as I’m in my fifth and final year (of a Film and Television degree with French). My dissertation is due the same week as the World Mixed Doubles Championship (in April), so that adds additional pressure. It’ll be good to get back on the ice this weekend, and we’re hoping to improve on the silver medal we got last year.”

In the men’s event, Mouat goes for a Scottish Curling Tour double after winning last month’s Forfar Open, but two-time world silver medallist Tom Brewster and Perth’s Kyle Smith pose a serious threat.