West – Boyd Houston

Boyd Houston
Name: Boyd Houston

Where are you from:
Glasgow, now live in Dollar and have been here for 37 years.

Retired Chartered Accountant. Apprenticeship in Glasgow, then 4 x years in Nigeria (great experience – played rugby for Northern Nigeria!). Back to Glasgow, and widespread business experiences in Management Consultancy, Merchant Banking and Industry throughout UK. In 1990 set up CA Office in Falkirk, eventually merged with another firm in 1999 and retired in 2005.

Age, family details:
73 – oldest curler on Tour!. Wife Evie – nearly 50 years married. 4 x children and 9 x grandchildren.

What are your clubs:
Dollar and Devon Vale CC and Old Fellows CC.

Proudest achievement in curling:
Being selected for this Strathcona Cup Tour.

What are you doing now in curling:
I am secretary of Dollar and Devon Vale (and have been for 12 years); President of Loch Leven Province, and President of Lomond League.
Skip at both D&DV CC and OF CC.

What motivated you to come on tour:
Tried for place 10 years ago, but was only first reserve. Just had to try again before I really got too old, and was thrilled to be selected. All indications are that it will be the curling experience of a lifetime. This has to be the pinnacle of everyone’s curling career!

What are you most looking forward to/what have you enjoyed most about tour:
The vast distances that we in the West will be travelling. It looks intimidating, but I have every confidence it will be a great adventure.

Any specific roles in the tour planning and/or during the tour:
The songbook, its preparation and execution – just worry that all 19 of my fellow tourists will just mime!!!

Other sports/interests:
Golf – h/cap 16 – at Muckhart and Lundin Links. Used to play rugby, hockey and tennis.
Church, bridge, amateur operatics, reading, crosswords and ‘freecell’ on the computer (!)
Always have been fiercely competitive, maybe not so much now, and enjoy team situations.

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