Rhona Howie (Martin) MBE

The Ibrox Suite, Ibrox Stadium

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Rhona Howie MBE is better known under her married name, Rhona Martin.

Rhona grew up in Dunlop Ayrshire and now lives in Ayr. Rhona took up Curling at the age of 17 and played competitively for 22 years representing Scotland and Great Britain on many occasions

Rhona Martin’s most recognised sporting achievement is as skip of the Great Britain team that claimed the gold medal at the Winter Olympics 2002 in Salt Lake City. Their team’s triumph over Switzerland also meant they became Great Britain’s first gold medalists at the Winter Olympics since Torvill and Dean in 1984. She received an MBE in recognition of her services to curling later that year.

Rhona and her team’s story captured the interest of the nation and they arrived home to a heroes welcome. The stone that clinched the victory—dubbed the stone of destiny—is now housed in the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame exhibition in the National Museum of Scotland.

She also enjoyed success by skipping the Scotland’s ladies team at both the European and World Championships.

After retiring from competition in 2006, Rhona has taken on many roles related to the sport such as a commentator for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Head Coach for women’s curling with British Curling and currently is the High-Performance Manager for Bowls Scotland.

As a Head Coach Rhona has coached Teams to European Youth Olympic Gold, World Junior Gold, European Championship Gold, World Championship Gold and Olympic Bronze Medals. She also carried the Olympic torch in Glasgow during the relay leading up to London 2012.

Rhona was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in November 2012.

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