Wheelchair Curling Champions Defend National Title

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Team Sellar will defend their title when the Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship gets underway at The Peak in Stirling tomorrow.

Jim Sellar, (lead) has won the title three times, teammates Gregor Ewan (skip), Jim Gault (third) were in the rink that won in 2012, whilst Tom Killin (second) is a four times national champion.

British Curling Head Wheelchair Coach Sheila Swan said, “The defending champions boast a lot of experience and have maintained their line-up from last year’s championship in their bid to retain the title.  It will be interesting to see how they fare in a strong line-up that includes a number of other previous champions.”

That esteemed group includes Angie Malone, who was a recipient of the 2015 Athletes In Excellence Award from the Foundation for Global Sports Development, in recognition of her voluntary work introducing others to wheelchair curling and adaptive sport and she is living up to that achievement by having a relative newcomer to the sport in her team.

Malone, who has been to three Paralympics and seven world championships said, “Alan Robertson from Stirling Wheelchair Curling Club only started curling this year and playing in the national championships so soon will be absolutely fantastic for him.

“I really enjoy helping to develop new players and sharing the love of my sport is a great pleasure for me and I am delighted he can share this competitive experience with us and we can give him some coaching along the way.”

The three times national champion added, “The advice I have given Alan is that he needs to keep his eyes on the brush, listen to the Skip and enjoy the championships and believe you can win.

“We will be rotating players through the tournament and my hope is that we will win our first game to get us started and get my winning head on and from there we will go out with that belief for each game.

“The defending champions are a very strong side with four Paralympians on that team who have huge experience and are a very skilful side, no doubt about it they are a real challenge for us but we are really up for it.”

The Scottish Wheelchair Championships will take place at The Peak in Stirling from 2-4 March 2016.

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