Team GB Paralympic Curlers Head Out to Korea
As Team GB’s Paralympic curlers get ready to head to South Korea, for the start of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games, we caught up with Angie Malone about her passion for the sport, and how she rates their chances of bringing back a medal.
Angie, how are you feeling, at this stage in your preparations:
‘It’s very exciting; we can’t wait to get out to Peyongchang, we’re flying out to Seoul, we’ll train there for four days, it’s such an exciting time for us, we just want to get on the rink and tweak a couple of little of things, parts of our training, and get out there have fun – and get ready for our first game against Norway…’
You’ve competed in every Winter Paralympics since the sport made its debut in 2006. It’s fair to say it’s a real passion of yours;
‘Wheelchair curling is such a fantastic sport – it’s great fun, you can meet people, it’s tactical, there’s great strategies. If you’re looking for a physical challenge and a mental challenge, it’s the game for you.’
Now, here’s the big question! How do you rate your chances of yourself and the rest of the team bringing home a medal:
‘We have been training at our new national curling facility in Stirling, we have fantastic facilities, we have all the support from Sport Scotland Institute of Sport, so we are looking forward to getting out there and getting to the semi finals’
The Paralympic games start on the 9th March, with coverage from Channel 4.
The full GB Paralympic curling team are Aileen Nielson, Angie Malone, Hugh Nibloe, Gregor Ewan and Robert McPhearson.