Award Winning Wheelchair Curlers Return To Action
Fresh from winning the Disability Sport of the Year Award at the 2019 Sunday Mail sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards in recognition of their World Championship silver medal success in Stirling earlier this year, Scotland’s wheelchair curlers are back on ice this weekend in Sweden.
Taking part in the Swedish Wheelchair Curling Tour in Karlstad this weekend, Head Wheelchair Coach Sheila Swan said, “Winning the award was a great achievement for the team and it was a nice opportunity for the players and our support team to get together and reflect on what we achieved earlier this year.
“It is a great acknowledgement for wheelchair curling. That level of recognition helps to put the sport firmly in the public eye and we very much welcome that level of profile which helps to continue to grow the sport.
“The award also helps to put the next world champs at the forefront of our minds as we will be competing in just a couple more events after this one before we take on the world’s best again, so the event this weekend will be a good test.”
David Melrose who made his world champs debut last year, will be skipping teammates Robert McPherson, Gary Logan and Meggan Dawson-Farrell with the option of Sochi bronze medallist McPherson also trying his hand as skip.
“Karlstad provides us with the chance to work with different playing options, just more of a contingency if ever a scenario arose and we need to re-shuffle the line up,” Swan added.
“This season we have had illness and injuries to contend with, so this is a way of making sure we have options and we have prepared and practised different playing combinations in competitive conditions.
“After Sweden we head to Lohja in Finland next month and then compete in the Euro Super League in Scotland as we embark on the final cut throat end of the season. We will really want to push on in the next phase to ensure we are ready and peaking at the right time for the worlds, so we will make sure we are building towards that to get the best performances from this new combination of players. “
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