Great Britain wheelchair curling team named11.01.2018
Five athletes selected to compete at PyeongChang 2018
The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has announced the five wheelchair curlers selected to represent ParalympicsGB at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in March.
Four return from the team that claimed bronze at Sochi 2014 with skip Aileen Neilson contesting her third Games, Gregor Ewan and Robert McPherson making their second appearances, while Angie Malone is set to take part in her fourth Games.
Malone has competed at every Games since the sport made its debut at Torino, Italy, in 2006. She won silver on that occasion, as well as bronze in Sochi, making her Great Britain’s most decorated Paralympic curler.
Hugh Nibloe is set to make his Games debut after participating in the Paralympic Inspiration Programme in Sochi.
The team will compete at the Gangneung Curling Centre in PyeongChang, the venue where the same group claimed a bronze medal for Scotland at the Wheelchair Curling World Championships in 2017.
Neilson said: “I’m delighted to be leading this team into the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. We have all worked so hard over this cycle and are ready to return to Paralympic competition to take on the best in the world.
“We know the venue well after the World Championships and I am confident that the experience and resilience in this team means that we can go and perform at a very high level.”
Nibloe said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be selected to represent ParalympicsGB at my first Paralympic Winter Games. We have a really positive team dynamic and have enjoyed a really encouraging start to the season, beating many of our strongest rivals.
“We’ve proven that we can compete at the highest level and we’re heading to Korea to show exactly what we can do.”
The announcement takes the number of athletes currently selected for ParalympicsGB to 14 after nine alpine skiers and snowboarders were announced.
The Paralympic Winter Games take place in PyeongChang, South Korea from 9-18 March. Tickets can be purchased here.