Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wheels to Korea

Scotland's wheelchair curling squad fly out today (Tuesday), heading for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship in the Uiam Ice Rink, Chuncheon City, South Korea, February 18-25.

The ten countries which have qualified for the 2012 world event are Canada, China, Korea (as host), Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, USA, Slovakia and Italy. These two last came though the pre-qualifying event.

Practice time is next Saturday, and the Scots have their first two games on Sunday against China and Norway. The event website is here if you would like to follow how they get on.

Remember that Paralympic qualifying points are at stake to ensure GB participation in the next Winter Games at Sochi in 2014. Currently the GB total is ten points, by virtue of Scotland's silver medal placing at last season's World Wheelchair Curling Championship.

I realise that there may be some blogallies who have never seen wheelchair curling. There's an excellent short video here, from the International Open event last month at the Lanarkshire Ice Rink. Or click on the image below. The video is from South Lanarkshire Council's lottery funded community filmmaking project. See if you can spot any of the Scottish squad in action!

Top: Coach Tony Zummack with (L-R) Aileen Neilson, Tom Killin, Gregor Ewan, Angie Malone and Jim Gault. Photo © Skip Cottage.

Screenshot from the video.