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Malone completes line-up for ParalympicsGB Wheelchair Curling team

Angie Malone was the fifth athlete to be selected for the ParalympicGB curling team Photo: http://www.scottishdisabilitysport.com

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) today announced that Angie Malone is the fifth athlete selected for the Wheelchair Curling team, completing the line-up of GB athletes who will compete in that sport at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) today announced that Angie Malone is the fifth athlete selected for the Wheelchair Curling team, completing the line-up of GB athletes who will compete in that sport at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Malone, from Girvan in Ayrshire, was part of the team that won a silver medal in Wheelchair Curling at the 2006 Paralympic Games in Turin and she will represent ParalympicsGB for the third time in Sochi.

She joins selected athletes Aileen Neilson (Strathaven), Gregor Ewan (Elgin, Morayshire), Tom Killin (Edinburgh) and Bob McPherson (Bellshill) as they go into their final months of intense training for the Games.

Speaking of her selection, Malone said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be part of such a phenomenal team of people who will be representing ParalympicsGB in Wheelchair Curling at Sochi 2014.

“We’ve all worked really hard to remain really focussed and committed to our training, and the team have brought home some fantastic results from recent competitions. The squad are delighted that the hard work is starting to pay off and I’m really excited that I can continue the journey to Sochi with them.

She added: “I’ve been privileged to be part of two Paralympic Games in Turin and Vancouver and those experiences were amazing. The sport has become even more fiercely competitive as the years have gone on, but it’s made the game more exciting and I believe I can take my experience forward as a player and share this with the team. I’ll be there to support them in every way that I can so that we can deliver a performance to be proud of in Sochi.”

Tony Zummack, Head Coach of the Wheelchair Curling team, was delighted to confirm Malone’s place on the team saying: “On behalf of the rest of the team here and Angie’s fellow athletes, I’d like to formally welcome her on board. She has worked tirelessly to secure her place on the team and I am confident that she will complement the team dynamic perfectly.

“With all five athletes now selected, we can continue to focus on perfecting our preparations for Sochi so that we can deliver our best performance when the Games get under way in just a few months’ time.”

Penny Briscoe, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB at Sochi 2014, was also thrilled to welcome Malone to the team. “I’d like to congratulate Angie on her selection to the team. I have no doubt that the wealth of experience she has in the sport will pay dividends and help the team to really optimise their performance. Her selection to the team recognises the hard work and commitment that she has demonstrated up to this point, and her skill and approach to competition will be a true asset to the team.”

The Wheelchair Curling team, which competes as Team Scotland at World Championship level, has produced strong performances at international competitions between the last Games in Vancouver, including silver at the 2011 World Championships and have enjoyed an incredibly positive start to the 2013/14 season.

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begin on March 7, 2014.

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