|Kate Caithness - President, World Curling Federation|
|Profile of the week|
Friday, 06 December 2013 18:20
Kate Caithness from Scotland was elected President of the World Curling Federation in April 2010. She is the first female president of the WCF and the first female president of an Olympic Winter Sports Federation.
Caithness has been involved with the sport of curling since the 1980s. As a member of Scotland’s Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC), she moved on from playing to putting something back into the sport in the late 1990s. After being president of the RCCC Ladies branch from 1997 to 1998, she went on to represent the RCCC at international level with the World Curling Federation.
Since 2000 Caithness has been the driving force behind the WCF’s development of wheelchair curling. She was part of the team that created the first World Wheelchair Championships and was responsible for securing wheelchair curling’s inclusion into the Paralympic Winter Games programme in Turin in 2006.
From 2005 to 2009 Caithness was elected on to the International Paralympic Committee’s five person Sports Council Management Committee and from 2006 -2009 she served on the Paralympic Games Committee.
She was elected Vice-President of the WCF in 2006 and served for two two-year terms under former President Les Harrison.
In March 2011, Caithness was appointed to the Olympic Programme Commission which is responsible for reviewing and analysing the programme of sports, disciplines and events, as well as the number of athletes in each sport, for the Summer and Winter Olympics.
In April 2012, Caithness was re-elected, unopposed, to the position of WCF President for a further two-year term.
Married with two sons, Caithness became a grandmother in 2008. Her free time is spent with family and when she has a chance, curling and playing golf at her home club in Edzell, Angus, where she was the Lady Captain from 2002 to 2004.
By Ismail Uddin
As you were previously a curler, how has this helped you as President of the World Curling Federation?
Obviously I know the sport after being a professional curler and have a passion for the sport, so really that made my life pretty easy. In my time with curling I’ve been able to make contacts with many people from other parts of the world which helped me when I became President.
Was it always your desire to work in Curling following your sports career?
Curling was a hobby of mine it wasn’t my career. To work in curling I never thought that could happen really and be at the head of the federation.
Do you feel you are a trailblazer for women as you are the first female to occupy your role at the World Curling Federation and the first female president of any Olympic winter sports federation?
When I became President of the World Curling Federation, I knew I was the first female president of the body but I hadn’t realised I was the first female president of any winter sports federation.
Sport is very much a man’s world and I think there are only three female presidents of an Olympic sport, so maybe I am a bit of a trailblazer.
Last year you received an OBE for your service in Curling. How important was that award for you?
I didn’t know anything about it until a letter came through my door saying I was being put forward for it. It was a huge honour for me but also for curling to be recognised so I was very happy.