The World Curling Federation Athletes’ Commission issue their own statement on brush pad technology:
Fellow Curlers and Guardians or our Great Game:
The fundamental responsibility held by the World Curling Federation Athletes’ Commission is to voice our athletes’ perspective in cooperative support of the WCF achieving its mission.
The WCF AC advocates that a Curler’s physical ability and mental skill must be the principal components of performance. Technological developments that supersede that skill and ability require official regulation by the WCF and its Member Associations.
While we fully support progress and unique development specific to our sport the controversy surrounding recent technological advances needs to be investigated. The field of play has been negatively affected to the point where elite athletes from around the world are voicing concern and taking action to self-police and limit the use of certain technology.
Athletes should not have to bear this responsibility alone.
Opening a dialogue with equipment manufacturers and other stakeholders in order to develop real, measurable and enforceable standards will ensure the Spirit of Curling and its traditions continue to be held to the highest standard. Most importantly, it will allow our athletes to put their focus back on the excellence of performance.
We strongly encourage quick, decisive action be taken by the WCF and are ready, willing to help however possible.
Thank you for your consideration.
In the true Spirit of Curling,
The WCF AC
Ann Swisshelm – Skip, Cathrine Lindahl – Vice Skip,
Bingyu Wang, Kelly Scott, Andreas Schwaller, Michael McCreadie
The mission of the WCF Athletes’ Commission is to communicate the interests of the Athletes in cooperative support of the WCF achieving it’s mission.
The Athletes’ Commission serves as an independent and consultative body, and acts as a link between active curlers (athletes), the WCF Board, the WCF Commission on Rules and Competition as well as the IOC Athletes’ Commission.