SCOTLAND’S WHEELCHAIR CURLERS SELECTED FOR WORLD CHAMPS
Scotland’s representatives for the World Wheelchair Curling Championships hosted in Wetzikon in Switzerland (29 February – 7 March 2020) will include three of the players who won silver medals at last year’s event.
Sochi 2014 ParalympicsGB bronze medallist Robert McPherson, 2018 ParalympicsGB team mate Hugh Nibloe and David Melrose, who made his debut at the Worlds in March, will be hoping to replicate the form that took them all the way to the final on home ice in Stirling. The trio are joined by Charlotte McKenna who was selected for the Performance Foundation programme last year and has graduated to the Performance team, gaining valuable international experience in Norway, Switzerland and Sweden this season.
“Following the decision of Aileen Neilson, who skipped the team through the run that took them to the World Championship final, to take a break from top flight competition, this season has provided new opportunities for members of our squad and we have been impressed with the way they have risen to that challenge so far,” said British and Scottish Curling’s Head Wheelchair Coach Sheila Swan.
“There is still a fair bit of work to be done to ensure that this new group peaks when it matters, but we still have plenty of time and all four team members have demonstrated that they have the necessary attitude to give themselves every opportunity of doing so.”
Charlotte McKenna who will be making her debut at the World Championships is delighted to have been selected.
“It is a lifetime opportunity to represent Scotland at the Worlds and something I never imagined would happen to me when I took up wheelchair curling back in 2014,” said the 44 year old.
“Watching Aileen Neilson skipping the team to bronze at the Sochi Paralympics inspired me and the following week I phoned Stirling Wheelchair Club to get started and the rest is history. I only wish I had taken it up years ago.”
McKenna who is based in Bridge of Allan, close to the National Curling Academy where she trains with the programme, also works part time at the Macrobert Arts Centre.
“It is going to be a really exciting few months preparing for the worlds and my employer has been so supportive of my curling and I am really grateful to them for that,” she said.
“It is a fantastic sport to be involved in for people of any age and hopefully my example shows that. So I would really encourage others to try curling, you never know where it will take you.”
Team Scotland’s fifth player will be announced later this month.
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