Tony's World Championship Triumph
Meet Uplawmoor's World Champion
It’s not every day that a member of Uplawmoor Curling Club becomes a World Champion, but Tony Tierney can proudly claim that honour.
Tony is one of the club’s keenest curler, and in 2012 had the honour of representing his home country of Ireland at international level.
Tony was a member of the Irish team which, against all the odds, struck gold when they won the World Seniors Curling Championships in Tarby in Denmark.
The Irish rink had an amazing week going through ten games undefeated to earn a final showdown with the mighty Canadians, nine times previous world champions and always favourites to win.
Their game proved to be a thrilling David and Goliath encounter, which the Irish won after a tense extra end.
This achievement is the highlight of a 30-year curling journey for Tony and is all the more remarkable as there is no curling in Ireland.
The Irish Curling Association has 52 members who curl in Scotland and a pool of 12 possible senior male players, to represent Ireland at international level. That compares to Canada who have a pool of over one million curlers to draw upon.
Following his win, Tony said: ”Winning the gold medal isn’t going to make me a millionaire, unlike other sports, but as far as I am concerned, this is as good as it gets”.
Tony has since won the right to represent Ireland in the 2014 World Senior Championships at Dumfries, but this time the tiny margins that make such a huge difference at international level went against them and they failed to repeat their success of 2012.