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According to an article on Yahoo Eurosports, Ward, just 16 years old, has become one of English curling’s brightest prospects since arriving from Hudson’s Hope last year. Her reputation began to grow last year, representing her adopted country at the European Junior Challenge in Prague.

Her name grew even further last month when Ward made the jump into senior competitions, helping England win three games at the European Championships, held in Moscow. She and her fellow teammates just missed out on the group B playoffs. She hails her trip to Moscow as an excellent confidence builder heading forward in her sport.

Ward’s entry into the Youth Winter Olympics makes her the first English curler to do so with the remainder of her team all residing from Scotland.  

“It makes me feel really privileged and proud to be the first English curler to play at the Winter Youth Olympics,” she told Yahoo.

Aside from winning a medal, Ward feels she is somewhat of an ambassador for English curling, and wants to prove that good curlers can come from the UK.   

“Curling is so big in Scotland, but I want to show that English people can curl too. So I hope I can prove that in Innsbruck and hopefully bring back some silverware in the process.”

Ward and her fellow Great Britain team mates will square off against team Austria later today, with the tournament finals taking place Jan.18.

To follow Ward and her fellow teammates, visit the Youth Winter Olympics’ official website.  

To read the complete article on Ward, click here.

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