Curler represents Scotland in international tournament

A talented High School of Dundee curler has helped to sweep her country to an impressive finish in an international tournament.

High School pupil Alex Mackintosh represented Scotland at the Nordic Junior Curling Tour Under 21s Mixed Doubles competition

On Thursday, Alex Mackintosh flew out to Sweden to represent a 4-strong Scotland squad in the Nordic Junior Curling Tour Under 21s Mixed Doubles competition, which took place in Sundbyberg over the weekend.

Competing as the ‘Scotland 2’ team, Alex and her partner Jack Carrick successfully negotiated a tough group featuring Sweden, Canada, Switzerland, Hungary and Denmark to earn a spot in the knockout stages. As well as finishing as quarter-finalists, the duo enjoyed the distinction of having been the only team to have defeated the eventual winners, Canada.

The pair qualified for the event by finishing in third place at the first-ever Scottish under-17s mixed doubles competition, which took place at Murrayfield in March.

Alex said, “Jack and I have actually been competing against each other for the last three years and have become great friends. When Mixed Doubles became an Olympic event and gained more interest, we decided to form our team.

“We were both extremely excited to be competing together here in Sweden and were very proud to be representing our country.”

In addition to being a member of Letham Grange Curling club and Forfar Young Curlers, Alex is also a member of the Scottish Curling Academy, a Scottish Curling-supported programme for elite podium potential athletes.

She is also a member of a team which, as well as having been the top ranked U17 girls quartet in Scotland for the last four years, is also currently ranked 3rd at U21 level.