Team Scotland announced for World Wheelchair Curling Championships
With less than three weeks to go before the World Wheelchair Curling Championships are held in Stirling, Team Scotland have announced their team for the event.
It’ll be the first opportunity to earn crucial ranking points, ahead of the 2022 Paralympics in China.
The event will be held at the Peak Sports Village, from the 3rd to the 10th March.
Former Paralympic bronze medalist Aileen Neilson will skip the Scottish side.
She said, “It is always an honour to be selected to represent your country and whilst the Paralympics is the pinnacle of my career, to have the opportunity to compete in a home world championships is right up there too.
“I was a spectator at the world’s when they were last hosted in Scotland back in 2005 and it was a light bulb moment.
“I had just started curling and met the team representing Scotland and I knew at that point I wanted to become a competitive curler and represent my country.
“I very much hope that we will have good home support with lots of saltires in the crowds next month and our team will inspire the next generation of wheelchair curlers to whatever level they aspire to.”
David Melrose, Robert McPherson, Hugh Nibloe and Gary Logan have also been selected for the event.
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The tournament will feature 12 teams for the first time, including USA, Russia, China, Canada and Germany.
Scottish Curling CEO, Bruce Crawford commented, “The team has a good balance of experience alongside fresh talent which will make them exciting to watch.
“We wish them every success as they strive to perform in front of the home crowd in Stirling in the first event of the qualification process for the next Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing 2022.”
Chris Kane, convenor of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee added, “The top class events just keep coming for Stirling, and this one really ranks up there with the best of them.
“This city is writing its own history now as we build on events like the Stirling Marathon and Great XCountry Run, and I’m very proud for us to help host such a prestigious sporting spectacle.
“These Championships will bring a boost to Stirling’s reputation as an events location and I’d encourage everyone who is coming to Stirling for the competition to take time to sample the unique sights and settings we have to offer.”