Scotland’s Wheelchair Curlers Secure Paralympic Qualification By Reaching Final

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Scotland’s wheelchair curlers reached the final of the World B Curling Championships in Lohja, Finland this afternoon, a result which earned qualification for both the forthcoming World Championships in 2017 and, even more importantly, for Team GB at the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang in 2018.

At a venue where the Scots were previously relegated from the world championships, they suffered just one loss in the round robin phase this time around against England, but went on to defeat them in a revenge game in the semi final 13-3. It was that result which ensured the Scots would rejoin the main world championships in Gangnueng, South Korea next March (4-11 March 2017). 

Aileen Neilson who skipped them this week was both delighted and relieved after today’s semi and final matches and paid tribute to every team member.

“The guys all had a strong week here and we have achieved what we set out to. It was an exciting final which went right to the last stone against Finland and it would have been nice to have finished with a gold, but we are very happy with what we have achieved. 

“Losing a game in the round robin really spurred us on and we were able to stick to our processes and tactical execution and get another win on board immediately which gave us momentum again. 

“Lohja has been a good venue for us this time around and the qualification means we can now get organised and basically plan the next two years of our lives. In the short term though it will be nice to come home from an event with our silver medals and thank all of those who have supported us in the challenging times as well as the good times.” 

Wheelchair Curling Coach Sheila Swan said after the final: “I am incredibly proud of what the team has achieved this week. They really rose to the challenge and despite the bump in the road with their England match I cannot fault their attitude and how they bounced back 

“We will enjoy this moment but our focus will swiftly change to PyeongChang and what we have to continue to build upon. There are big positives to take from this and the team did a great job when it mattered most.” 

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