GC International Performance Development Squad for 2017 Announced
The IPDS squad chosen for 2017 is (in alphabetical order):
- Nick Archer
- Richard Bilton
- David Crawford
- Peter Dowd
- Roger Goldring
- Paul Gunn
- Jonathan Powe
- Chris Roberts
- Jayne Stevens
- David Widdison.
Candidates were asked to confirm they could commit to the first squad weekend and to play at least 40 ranked GC games in the year. As a result, Alain Giraud and Howard Cheyne have asked to have their offer of a place deferred until 2018.
The Selectors were most influenced by:
- evidence of a good number of ranked GC games in the past year
- a ranking grade that is on the rise - particularly for those rapid improvers with a quickly rising grade
- evidence of competing in events with strong opposition (so Ascot Qualifiers or A-Level Series, for example).
We wish the new IPDS programme every success under the direction of Rachel Rowe.