Scots Aim For World Wheelchair Qualification in Finland
Scotland will be represented by wheelchair curlers Gregor Ewan (pictured), Angie Malone, Robert McPherson, Aileen Neilson and Hugh Nibloe at the World Wheelchair B-Curling Championship (WWhBCC) in Lohja, Finland from Saturday 7th November, where they will be looking to secure the nation’s place at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship in 2016.
The B-Curling Championship is a qualifying event offering the winner and runner up places at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Lucerne, Switzerland in February 2016. Scotland are competing at this event after their tie-breaker loss to Germany at this year’s World Championship which saw them finish in eighth place and relegated to the B-division.
A record fifteen teams will be competing at the Kisakallio Sports Institute in two groups:
Group A: Denmark, England, Estonia, Japan, Korea, Latvia and Scotland
Group B: Czech Republic, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden
The winners of the semi-finals will play in the gold medal game and will qualify directly for the 2016 World Championship in Lucerne. The losers of the semi-finals will play for bronze medals.
The round robin runs through to Wednesday 11 November, with the qualification games on Wednesday evening at 18:00 local time (EET). The semi-finals will take place on Thursday 12 at 09:00 local and the medal games will be staged at 14:30.
The World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2016 will take place in the Eiszentrum Luzern, a multi-sports venue with a four-sheet curling facility between 21 and 28 February 2016. Teams that have already qualified are: Russia, China, Finland, Slovakia, USA, Canada, Germany and Switzerland as host.
The World Wheelchair Curling Championships 2015, 2016 and 2017 serve as the qualifiers for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games Wheelchair Curling competition. In June, the International Paralympic Committee announced that the 2018 event would be extended to allow 12 wheelchair teams to compete, rather than 10, as in previous Paralympics.
Photos © WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik