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Scots woman Kate Caithness to lead world curling

Wheelchair curlers at the 2010 Paralympic Games
Caithness has been the driving force behind wheelchair curling

Scotland's Kate Caithness has been elected the World Curling Federation's first female president.

Caithness, vice-president since 2006, defeated Canadian Les Harrison, who had been seeking re-election at the annual meeting in Cortina, Italy.

Since 2000, Caithness, from Inchbare, has been the driving force behind the development of wheelchair curling.

She was instrumental in obtaining admission of the sport into the Paralympic Olympic Games in 2006.

Caithness has been involved with curling since the early 1980s, becoming president of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Ladies Branch in 1997 before moving on to the sport's world governing body.

With Caithness stepping up to replace Harrison, who had first been elected in 2006, Switzerland's Patrick Hürlimann was appointed vice-president.

Meanwhile, the annual meeting voted against a proposal to reduce the game from 10 to eight ends.

It also decided to retain extra ends in event of a draw and to keep tiebreaker games to determine play-off teams should there be ties at the end of round-robin events.

Slovenia was accepted as the 46th member of the federation.

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