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Double World Champion Wheelchair Curler Angie Malone MBE has decided to retire from the sport that has taken her to four Winter Paralympic Games, where she won silver in 2006 and bronze in 2014.
She made the decision after returning from her most recent competitive outing at the Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea in March, where the Paralympics GB team finished seventh.
“My curling career has been an amazing experience with many highs and lows, it has been an absolute emotional rollercoaster,” she said.
As a mentor with the Winning Scotland Foundation, her intention is to concentrate her efforts on continuing that work, coaching all age groups in life changes and sport, as well as seeking to inspire others to take up the sport that has taken her around the world. However, she is also looking forward to being able to spend more time with her family, while undertaking a course to teach Mindfulness at Glasgow University, as well as a number of new hobbies.Our Performance Athletes Angie and Aileen
Angie’s first taste of the game came in 2003 when she joined Braehead Wheelchair Curling Club, a year after wheelchair curling started and she proved a natural at the sport from the outset. On gaining selection to represent Scotland, she won her first World Championships in 2004, successfully defending that title in 2005 and a year later won silver at the Turin Winter Paralympic Games – the first time the sport was introduced to the Paralympic schedule.
After experiencing early success Angie’s motivation was to reach the next Games in Vancouver, which she did in spite of having to overcome the additional challenge of being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.
She experienced podium success again at the Paralympics in Sochi, winning bronze with her British team mates, however a year later in 2015 she was part of the Scotland team that were relegated from the World Championships. They bounced back quickly from that set back and went on to win World bronze in PyeongChang in 2017, the same year that Angie was awarded an MBE for services to wheelchair Curling.
More recently Angie has made a foray into film making, demonstrating her own pathway into wheelchair curling to help inspire others to get involved in the game, just one of many projects she hopes to focus on whilst helping to promote the sport.
“I want as many people as possible to try curling and hopefully enjoy the game as much as I have. It has the potential to open many doors to new opportunities and I want others to have the chance to experience some of the great competitive opportunities I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to. I have thoroughly enjoyed competing at the highest level. To be on the podium at a Paralympics and to do so twice, are moments that are definitely among my career highlights,” she said.
We would like to wish Angie all the best for the future with all her plans to promote and be an ambassador for wheelchair curling and on her forthcoming studies in Boston as part of the Saltire Fellowship Programme – good luck and we look forward to seeing you back at the Club in November.
Angie receives her MBE
We held the above session on Sunday 21st October and were pleased to welcome six people along who were all new to the sport of wheelchair curling. Our coaches for the day were Aileen Neilson, Michael McCreadie and Evelyn Reid. On ice helpers were Alison Cloudsley, Ailson Hopkins, Catriona Cloudsley and Gill Keith.
After a brief safety talk everyone headed onto the ice for our warm-
Everyone agreed that it had been a great afternoon enjoyed by participants, coaches and helpers alike. We look forward to welcoming everyone back again to continue their journey in developing their skills on the ice.