A Scottish curler is set to be swept up by TV stardom in a quirky Specsavers advert.

20 second video

Sarah Reid, 31, is appearing in a brand new 20-second video on demand advert on the STV Player.

Sarah – who is originally from Beith in Ayrshire but now lives in Glasgow’s east end – filmed her scenes with STV and the Specsavers team at Hamilton Ice Rink and was cool as a cucumber in front of the camera.

In the STV Player advert, Sarah is seen concentrating on her sport but her resolve falters when she realises someone should have gone to Specsavers as they’re using a rake instead of an ice broom.

Really funny

As part of the same campaign, Sarah is also appearing in a sponsorship bumper on STV, highlighting Specsavers’ sponsorship of STV’s main channel.

Sarah said: ‘The advert is really funny but it helps to get a vital message across too. Eyesight is incredibly important when you’re a curler. It’s a very intricate sport: you have to be able to judge distance very well and to keep your eyes focused on the stone and the target at all times.

‘The filming was great fun. I’ve done a bit of TV work before but nothing as quirky and entertaining as this.’

Early beginner

Sarah tried out curling for the first time when she was at primary school and started playing properly when she was 10. Soon after that, she formed a team and competed in the Scottish Junior Championship in 2004 at the age of 17.

After going on to win gold at the World Junior Championships in 2007, Sarah progressed through the curling ranks and competitions to become part of the Olympic bronze-winning Team Muirhead for two seasons from 2014 to 2016.

Sarah now balances her career as a curler with her job as a paediatric nurse – and enjoys both roles equally.

She adds: ‘I’m really happy that something that started as a hobby is now my career.

‘Curling is a very spirited sport and I’ve met so many fantastic people along the way. I really enjoy travelling all over the world to take part in competitions too.’

A word from the store directors

Specsavers Trongate store director David Quigley said: ‘The new ads are great fun and Sarah is a real star in them.' 

Specsavers Hamilton store director Emma Foster adds: ‘We hope that they help to reinforce the importance regular eye health check-ups every two years at your local Specsavers store.’

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