YORK curler Ross Whyte is set to make his Olympic Winter Games debut after being named in Team GB’s six-player squad.

Whyte is among the six curlers named by the British Olympic Association who will compete in the men’s and mixed doubles disciplines at Beijing in February.

The 23-year-old has represented his country at a range of major tournaments, including the World Champion-ships, European Championships and Youth Olympic Games, medalling in the all the events.

However, like his other five team-mates, this is his first selection for Team GB at the Olympic Winter Games.

Whyte is joined in the squad by fellow debutants Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie, Hammy McMillan and Jen Dodds.

Commenting on selection, Team GB Chef de Mission for the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, Georgie Harland expressed her delight at being able to name such a strong squad.

Harland enthused: “Being selected for your first Olympic Games is an incredibly exciting moment.

“It gives me great pride to announce our very first athletes to the team for the Games and welcome such a talented group of curlers to Team GB for Beijing 2022.

“Team GB have a established curling record at the Olympic Games and it’s fantastic to see our current world champions providing us with representation in the mixed doubles discipline for the first time, while our men’s team is also currently ranked among the very best in the sport.”

British curling executive performance director Nigel Holl discussed his joy for those selected.

He said: “The successes achieved at the end of last season, when Bruce and Jen won the World Mixed Doubles title just a few weeks after Team Mouat reached the World Men’s Championship final demonstrated the benefits of the innovative approach British Curling took, particularly in introducing in-house competition when international competition was cancelled for more than a year due to lockdown.

“The athletes responded magnificently to that and we are delighted that Bruce, Jen, Grant, Bobby, Hammy and Ross have earned this opportunity to make their Olympic debuts.”

Men’s team: Bruce Mouat (Edinburgh), Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie (Dumfries), Hammy McMillan (Stranraer), Ross Whyte (alternate) (York).

Mixed doubles team: Mouat, Jen Dodds (Edinburgh).