Wheelchair Curlers Selected To Represent Scotland At World Championships
Paralympic bronze medallist Aileen Neilson has been selected to skip the Scotland team at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships in the Republic of Korea next month (4-11 March), which will mark her eighth appearance at the tournament.
Neilson will be joined by Sochi team mates Angie Malone, Gregor Ewan, Robert McPherson as well as Hugh Nibloe, the same line up that qualified Scotland for the forthcoming World Champs with their runner’s up finish at the World B Wheelchair Championships in Finland earlier this season. That result which secured Scotland’s promotion also qualified Team GB for the Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang next year.
The skip from Strathaven is keen that the team continues to build upon the key milestones this season, following up their World B silver medal finish with victory at the British Open last month, which was their first competitive outing of the year.
The team will return to Lohja this month for a training camp where they will play matches with hosts Finland, who won the World B Championships to also earn their place at next month’s event.
“This training camp will give us good competitive practice and a required change of gear as we build towards peaking at the right time for the Worlds next month,” said Neilson.
“We have made good progress but we know we are not the end product yet. We are constantly working hard to make sure that every time we are on ice together we make the most of that opportunity, so we are the best prepared we can be.
“There are many areas we have focused attention on in recent months, including fitness tests, nutrition and team building and that has been essential in gaining optimum performance.
“Being as consistent as we can be and having good team dynamics has helped us bounce back from the losses we have suffered and sometimes you learn more from the ones you lose. It has certainly made our team come back stronger and the whole team is looking forward to putting that all into action at the worlds next month.”
Scotland’s Head Wheelchair Coach Sheila Swan added “We have selected a team that has proven its resilience and robustness and who have demonstrated they are capable of beating the best teams in the world.”
The World Wheelchair Curling Championships will be hosted at the Gangneung Curling Centre and will serve as a test event for the next Winter Olympics in 2018.
Aileen Neilson (Strathaven) – skip
Gregor Ewan (Elgin)
Hugh Nibloe (Stranraer) – vice skip
Robert McPherson (Bellshill)
Angie Malone (Glasgow)
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Photos: Team Photo - Simon Lovelock
Aileen Neilson - Tom J Brydone