Name: Don Rutherford
Where are you from: Glasgow
Occupation: I’m the MD of West Coast Harley-Davidson; we represent the brand here in Glasgow where we try to help the good people of Scotland fulfil their dreams! I’ve been involved in the motorcycle business for over 30 years and you can’t find a nicer bunch of people to work with or do business with (apart from curlers obviously).
Age, family details: 60 years old, married to Maggie (also a curler) with two wonderful daughters and one 20 month old grandson.
What is your club/are your clubs: Cadder, Nondes and Gadloch Curling Clubs– they all curl at Braehead Glasgow and Reform Curling Club playing at Greenacres Ayrshire.
Proudest achievement in curling: Reached the final of the Scottish Seniors in our first attempt in 2006 – we lost by a shot though! Also lost to Keith Prentice in the final again in 2012.
What are you doing now in curling: Trying to win the Seniors! I’m also President of Cadder Curling Club and 2012 was our 150th Anniversary year.
What motivated you to come on tour: The privilege and honour of playing for Scotland on what many regard as the best tour in the most competitive of circumstances. Both my mother and father were keen curlers, both toured Canada; in fact my father was a member of the 1983 Strathcona tour.
What are you most looking forward to/what have you enjoyed most about tour: I’m most looking forward to playing against the Canadian club curlers. I’ve heard plenty about the quality of rinks and how it’s their # 2 sport after ice hockey, so I’m ready to be impressed. I’m also ashamed to say I’ve never been to Canada, although my grandmother was Canadian, so I’m looking forward to seeing some of the sites and meeting fellow curlers.
Any specific roles in the tour planning and/or during the tour: I hope the luggage holds up ok – I was part of the team to source and select our tour bag.
Other sports: I’m an enthusiastic golfer and a member of Prestwick and Glasgow Golf Clubs. I used to play rugby but now only support my home club Glasgow Warriors. I love riding my Harley, preferably on dry Scottish roads.
Other interests: I’m a motorsport enthusiast and a bit of a petrol head – I suppose that’s how I got involved in bikes. The most fun I’ve had on two wheels? Easy, track days at Spa Francorchamps Belgium – now that’s one seriously quick circuit!
Anything else of interest: Nothing I’m prepared to own up to!