|Peter de Boer|
Peter de Boer has been curling for 30 years, most of that time in his homeland of Scotland where he played at the highest level, and also on the World Curling Tour. His impressive record includes seven appearances in the Scottish Men's Championship Finals, with a best result of second in 2004 and 2005.
In 2007 he moved to New Zealand with wife Amy and daughters Anna, Kate and Beth, and is now the NZ General Manager of an Executive Recruitment company.
After an extended time away from the sport following knee surgery, Peter's first foray into curling in New Zealand came in 2010 at the country's first cashspiel. He made an immediate impression by skipping the winning side at the Dunedin event.
The following year his team was runner-up in the NZ Men's Championship, following which he was selected for the national side.
He skipped the team to 4th place at the 2011 Winter Games NZ, and then to its best result in 5 years with a silver medal at the 2011 Pacific-Asia Championships to qualify the side for the 2012 World Men's Championship.
After the 2011 PACCs Peter commented, "I'm delighted at finally having the chance to play at the 'big show' after a few close shaves in the past. We're looking forward to taking on the best teams in the world and showing them that NZ Curling is on the rise. I'm particularly excited about putting one over Scotland, that game should be a cracker!"
"I know the team are excited about having a chance to gain some Olympic qualifying points and to give ourselves at crack at Sochi in 2014!"
Peter is also a passionate fly fisherman, spending hours wandering the rivers and hills around Wellington in search of large brown trout. He is genuinely interested in any sport, particularly football (a dedicated Dunfermline Athletic FC fan), cricket and – of course – rugby!