West – Ian Keron

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Name: Ian Keron.

Where are you from:
Wolfhill originally, went to school in Perth, studied Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University then after a couple of years in Cheltenham, settled in South Queensferry in 1990 after getting married.

Occupation:
2 years at GCHQ, then moved into Naval Structures research and been there ever since, now working with QinetiQ based in Rosyth. Senior Bid Manager for Maritime division, helping our teams win new and repeat business from UK MOD and many other UK and overseas customers.

Age, family details:
Turned 47 on 26 November 2012. Married for 22 years to Anne.
Three children; Kirsty (19), Andrew (16), Adam (13).
Kirsty is currently studying Vetinerary Medicine at Edinburgh University. Andrew and Adam are keen curlers and rugby players.

What is your club/are your clubs:
Oatridge (for Province games), Uphall (for fun weekend games), Gogar Park (for competitive super league matches). Also play in Midcalder’s famous Torphichen Broom competition.

Proudest achievement in curling:
Winning West Lothian province league with Oatridge, going through whole competition unbeaten (2007), winning Maxwell Trophy with Gogar Park when Vice President (1998).
Forming Scotcurl Coaches Association in 2003, which within 4 years became the coaching committee of the RCCC.

What are you doing now in curling:
Playing in competitive super league and occasional weekend bonspiels. President of Uphall, Secretary of Edinburgh Curling School: Level 2 Technical Coach, running sessions for adults and juniors at Murrayfield curling rink.

What motivated you to come on tour:
Speaking to a number of tourists from 2003 at lunch before 2011 RCCC AGM. The opportunity to visit Canada and play curling, making new friends from both Scotland and Canada.

What are you most looking forward to/what have you enjoyed most about tour:
Getting to know my team mates better, exploring Canadian culture and developing my curling skills.

Any specific roles in the tour planning and/or during the tour:
Tour diarist, writing daily blog for web site, collecting photos from the players. In planning the tour I have worked with the East and Central diarists to work out how best to make us elf our iPads to ensure we keep the web site up to date with results and events on tour.

Other sports/interests:
Played rugby at school, and still enjoy watching games. Regularly attend Edinburgh and Scotland matches at Murrayfield, recent results could have been better! In the summer, I like to go walking in the hills of Scotland with Anne, boys now old enough to leave behind so we get to choose where we want to go.

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