Five more go to Sochi - Scots make up one third of ParalympicsGB
As the British Paralympic Association today confirmed the final selections for the ParalympicsGB team heading to Sochi in March, sportscotland’s Director of High Performance Mike Whittingham welcomed the inclusion of five Scots in the 15 strong team.
The Scots – the members of the wheelchair curling team – will join the 18 Scots named by Team GB earlier this week in representing Britain as Olympians at Sochi.
Mike Whittingham said:
“I am delighted that there will be such a strong Scottish presence in Sochi in both the Olympics and Paralympics.
"Scotland has done extremely well to qualify all three teams for the Olympics and Paralympics and we now have real medal chances in all three programmes.
"Over the past eight years, thanks to the Scottish Government, we have been able to invest substantially in this sport and manage a truly world class programme - we now have world class athletes at junior, senior and university levels, all receiving world class support.
“I congratulate all of the athletes selected for ParalympicsGB and I look forward to seeing them performing on the world stage.”
Sports Minister Shona Robison said:
“Congratulations to the five Scottish athletes selected to represent the ParalympicsGB team wheelchair curling team at Sochi 2014.
"To compete on the world stage our athletes benefited from the fantastic services provided by sportscotland’s institute of sport in Stirling.
"The Winter Paralympics is the pinnacle for any athlete to reach, I therefore wish them good luck as they aim to reach the top of the podium at Sochi 2014.”
The wheelchair curling team consists of Aileen Neilson, Tom Killin, Gregor Ewan, Robert McPherson, and Angie Malone.
- Date published: 24 January 2014
- Date updated: 04 May 2016
- Published by: sportscotland