Scottish women's curling

is mourning the loss of one its pioneer internationalists.

Christian Elizabeth Law -

universally known as Bett - was skip of the first Scottish women's team to win the European title. Her breakthrough victory came in Megeve, France, in 1975.

Born in Newburgh, Fife, in April 1928, Bett was educated at St George's in Edinburgh where her sporting ability began to show. She won school colours

in most sports she turned her hand to. Her successes in her youth included lacrosse, tennis, hockey, swimming, and div-

ing. After leaving school, Bett attended Dunfermline College of Physical Education.

She married her husband, Willie, in Newburgh in 1952 and it was only after this that she became involved in curling. And over the following decades she won many major tournaments, including her major triumph at the European Championships.

For a time, Bett was resident in Kenya, but, despite

this, she always returned home

to Scotland for the curling

season. When her family finally did come back to Scotland, they settled in Lanark and Bett

eventually became a valued member of Lanark Golf Club, where she was both ladies

captain and secretary.

Bett is survived by her husband, Willie, daughter, Midge, sister, Davina, and her grandchildren.

Bett Law, curling internationalist; born

April 11, 1928, died

May 19, 2001.