16th September 2009
by British Curling
The listing was posted by Royal Caledonian Curling Club

British Curling today (16 September) named the five athletes who will make up the British wheelchair training squad preparing for the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver next year.

British Curling, the organisation responsible for representing and promoting elite curling in Britain, funded and supported by UK Sport and sportscotland, has reduced its wheelchair squad from six to five athletes today. This process is designed to give those athletes selected sufficient time and opportunity to train and compete together as a team in advance of the selection deadline for Vancouver 2010.  

The British Wheelchair Curling squad announced today are not the British Paralympic team and athletes named in this training squad are not guaranteed selection for Vancouver 2010. Final selection for the 2010 Games teams will take place at the end of the year. British Curling nominates the athletes to the British Paralympic Association, who in turn ratify, select and announce the team.

The British wheelchair curling squad is as follows:

Tom Killin: Paralympic Games silver 2006, World Wheelchair Championship gold 2005
Angie Malone: Paralympic Games silver 2006, World Wheelchair Championship gold 2004, 2005, bronze 2007
Michael McCreadie: Paralympic Games silver 2006, World Wheelchair Championship gold 2004, 2005, bronze 2002, 2007.
Aileen Neilson: World Wheelchair bronze 2007
Jim Sellar: World Wheelchair gold 2004, bronze 2002 and 2007

Derek Brown, British Curling's Performance Director and sportscotland Institute of Sport Head Curling Coach, said: "It is always difficult to make these types of decisions, however I feel we have selected the best athletes available to work towards success in Vancouver. The athletes selected today know there is no room for complacency as selection for this squad does not in itself guarantee a place on the Paralympic Team."  

Tom Pendreigh, Head Wheelchair Curling Coach said "The GB squad will undertake an intensive training and competition schedule between now and the final selection date and I am looking forward to leading the squad in their final preparations for Vancouver."

Chris Hildrey, Chairman of British Curling, said: "This is another important stage in the preparation of the athletes and support staff as we continue the quest for podium finishes at the Olympics and Paralympics in 2010.  We offer our thanks for the fantastic levels of commitment that have been given by the athletes, coaches and service providers to date and I can assure all involved that British Curling is focused on providing the levels of resource and support everyone involved in the programme needs to achieve medals."


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