Scots Qualify for World Wheelchair Curling Championship and Paralympic Games

Aileen Neilson

Scotland’s Wheelchair Curlers competed at the World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship in Lohja, Finland this week, with the top two teams gaining automatic qualification to the World Wheelchair Curling Championships in 2017, which is the final qualification event for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Aileen Neilson skipped the Scotland team, alongside team-mates Gregor Ewan (third), Hugh Nibloe (second), Robert McPherson (lead) and Angie Malone (alternate) in Finland.

The Scottish team finished top of an extremely difficult group to meet Finland in the final and gain automatic qualification to the World Championships next year.  Unfortunately they lost 4-6 to claim a Silver medal but ultimately their goal was reached.

World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship Standings

  1. Finland
  2. Scotland
  3. Slovakia

Scotland have now all but booked their qualification for the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeong Chang, South Korea between 9-18 March 2018. The teams comprting at the 2017 World Wheelchair Championships and the Paralympic Winter Games will be Russia, China, Norway, USA, Canada, Slovakia, Finland, hosts Korea, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland (as Great Britain at the Paralympic Games) and Sweden.

For more information visit the World Curling Federation website on

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