Meet The ParalympicsGB Wheelchair Curling Squad
As the Wheelchair Curling team fly out to Sochi today ahead of the opening ceremony this Friday 7th March find out more about the athletes who will be competing at the 2014 Paralympic Games.
Great Britain begin their round robin campaign on Saturday 8th March against Canada in the Wheelchair Curling competition. The sport is the Paralympic equivalent of Curling with the difference lying in the way the players move around the field of play and handle the stone. And most notable — there are no sweeping techniques used. Teams are comprised of both men and women.
Aileen first got involved in the sport in 2004 and she went on to make her international debut at the 2006 Czech Wheelchair Curling Tournament. She made her Paralympic debut at the 2010 Vancouver Games, where the team finished in 6th place.
She represented Team Scotland at the World Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Aileen also became the first female athlete to skip a team in World Championship competition, and she led Team Scotland to a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships.
She is coached by GB Head Coach Tony Zummack and former team-mate Michael McCreadie.
He first started playing Wheelchair Curling in December 2008, and went on to make his international debut the following year.
Among Gregor’s career highlights is the World Championship silver medal which he won in 2011.
Gregor is a full-time athlete and his training base is at Moray Leisure Centre, where he is coached by Joan Reid, Albert Midler and Tony Zummack, GB Head Coach.
He started playing Wheelchair Curling in March 2007 and immediately took to the sport. He made his international debut at the 2013 World Championships in Sochi, Russia.
Among his career highlights to date is victory at the 2013 Scottish Championships.
Bob is coached by Tony Zummack, GB Head Coach.
Jim was part of the Team Scotland line-up that competed at the 2012 World Championships in Chuncheon, South Korea, where the team finished 8th.
Jim competes for Moray alongside fellow GB athlete Gregor Ewan.
She made her Paralympic debut at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin, where the team secured a silver medal. Angie represented ParalympicsGB for the second time in Vancouver, where the team finished in 6th place.
Career highlights include winning gold at the 2005 World Championships in front of a home crowd in Braehead, Scotland, and going on to secure the silver medal for ParalympicsGB the following year in Turin.
Her training base is The Peak in Stirling and she is coached by GB Head Coach Tony Zummack.
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