Neilson Set To Lead Scots into World Wheelchair-B Action
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games bronze medalist Aileen Neilson (pictured) will lead her Scotland team featuring Gregor Ewan (third), Hugh Nibloe (second), Robert McPherson (lead) and Angie Malone (alternate), into action this weekend at the World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship (WWhBCC) in Lohja, Finland.
The second ever WWhBCC will take place from 4-10 November at the Kisakallio Sports Institute with a record 16 teams taking part. The teams will compete for the two remaining spots in the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2017 (WWhCC) taking place in PyeongChang, Korea next year (4–11 March 2017).
The teams taking part are split into two groups with Scotland featuring in Group A:
Group A: England, Israel, Italy, Scotland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey.
Group B: Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Japan, Latvia, Poland, Chinese Taipei.
Chinese Taipei and Turkey are making their wheelchair curling debuts in this event, also competing are Slovakia and Finland, who were both relegated from the 2016 WWhCC in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Host nation, Finland, are led by WWhCC 2015 bronze medalist Markku Karjalainen, and include Yrjo Jaaskelainen (third), Sari Karjalainen (second), Vesa Leppanen (lead) and Riitta Sarosalo (alternate).
Both groups will play a round-robin stage beginning on Friday 4 November, with the top three teams from each group proceeding to the play-off stages. If required, teams will play one round of tie-breakers at 14.00 on Wednesday 9 November, to determine the final rankings. The top ranked team from each group will progress directly to the semi-finals taking place at 09.30 on Thursday 10 November. The second and third placed teams will play a qualification round at 18.30 on Wednesday 9 November for the remaining semi-final places.
The semi-final winners will qualify for the WWhCC 2017 and play for the gold medals, while the semi-final losers will compete for bronze medals. Both medal games take place at 14.30 on Thursday 10 November.
The WWhCC 2017 is the last qualification event for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, to be held in PyeongChang, Korea (9-18 March).
To keep up-to-date with all the action from the WWhBCC 2016, and the teams’ journey to the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, follow the World Curling Federation on Twitter, Instagram (@worldcurling) and Facebook (/WorldCurlingFederation) and use the hashtags: #WWhCC2017 #Roadto2018 #curling
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Photo © WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik 2015.