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Archive Season 2017/2018

Awards For All Funding

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in obtaining funding from The Big Lottery Awards for All to help with our costs this season. Included in the funding is money to help with The Lindsays Trophy (for short curlers), The No-Sweeping Competition, some ice costs for development sessions, coaches costs, a club laptop and external hard drive, club clothing.

Hopefully the Club will benefit from this funding and within the next few months we hope to have new club clothing for all members.

The Committee would like to thank Awards For All for this invaluable help.

The Lindsays Trophy

Sunday 3rd December saw us holding our annual Short Curling Competition supported by Lindsays Solicitors. On the day we had 11 Club members including long curlers and ice helpers taking part joined by three staff members from Lindsays to offer support on the ice. It was a closely fought competition with only two points separating all four teams in the end. The winning team was the only pairs team in the competition, Team Reid (Skip Evelyn Reid, 3rd Anne Gordon). Well done to them and to everyone for taking part in what was again a good fun filled competition.

We adjourned to The Bar where we enjoyed soup, sandwiches and cakes before the presentation of prizes by Collette Gibson of Lindsays Solicitors and club President Alison Cloudsley.

Angie Collects her MBE

One of our founding Club members Angie Malone was named in the Queens Honours List in 2017 for services to Wheelchair Curling both as a player and for her work in promoting the sport particularly in schools and we were delighted that she was invited to Buckingham Palace in November to receive this tremendous honour by HRH Prince William. Angie has represented her country in three Paralympics and in many World and European Championships and has been playing at the highest level of the sport for many years.

This was a well deserved award and the Club would like to offer our congratulations to Angie for achieving this and for her continued support to us as her Mother Club.

Paralympic Squad Announced


Gregor Ewan, Hugh Nibloe, Aileen Neilson, Robert McPherson, Angie Malone.

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has today announced the five wheelchair curlers selected to represent ParalympicsGB at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Four of the team that claimed bronze at Sochi 2014 are returning to the Paralympic stage with skip Aileen Neilson contesting her third Games, Gregor Ewan and Robert McPherson making their second appearances, while Angie Malone MBE is set to take part in her fourth Games.

Malone has competed at every Games since the sport made its debut at Turin in 2006. She won silver on that occasion, as well as bronze in Sochi, making her GB’s most decorated Paralympic curler.

Hugh Nibloe is set to make his Games debut after getting a taste of the top flight of competition on the Paralympic Inspiration Programme in Sochi.

The team will compete at the Gangeung Curling Centre in PyeongChang, the venue where the same group claimed a bronze medal for Scotland at the Wheelchair Curling World Championships in 2017.

Aileen Neilson said: “I’m delighted to be leading this team into the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. We have all worked so hard over this cycle and are ready to return to Paralympic competition to take on the best in the world.”

World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2017 Gold Medal Game, © WCF / Céine Stucki

“We know the venue well after the World Championships and I am confident that the experience and resilience in this team means that we can go and perform at a very high level.”

Hugh Nibloe said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be selected to represent ParalympicsGB at my first Paralympic Winter Games. We have a really positive team dynamic and have enjoyed a really encouraging start to the season, beating many of our strongest rivals.

“We’ve proven that we can compete at the highest level and we’re heading to Korea to show exactly what we can do.”

Penny Briscoe OBE, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB, added:

“I’d like to congratulate all of the athletes that have been selected to represent ParalympicsGB at PyeongChang 2018. This is a highly experienced group who have shown that they can keep their nerve under pressure to really thrive at the Games.

“During previous Olympic and Paralympic Games we’ve seen the nation really fall in love with curling, and I hope that our fans follow and support these athletes throughout the competition.”

Today’s announcement takes the number of athletes currently selected for ParalympicsGB to 14 after nine alpine skiers and snowboarders were announced last week.

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games take place from March 9-18.

BWCC would like to offer their congratulations to all players selected and especially to our two Club members Aileen and Angie - well done to you both and we will be with you all the way in PyeongChang.

No Sweeping Bonspiel

Saturday 10th February saw us holding our annual No Sweeping  Bonspiel which was supported by 19 players. After a lunch of soup and sandwiches and much chat, we held our raffle which once again had been well supported and our thanks go to the following for their kind donations - Marks & Spencers, Tesco, The Dutch Flower Corner, Jumbo Cards & Gifts (all Port Glasgow branches), members of BWCC Committee and some guests who played in the bonspiel - many thanks to everyone.

In the bonspiel everyone was tested by very swinging ice and many close ends were produced. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon in a competitive but friendly atmosphere. The winners were Team Bidgood - Skip - Ted Bidgood, 3rd - Alex Will, 2nd - Michael Shaw well done to them.

Below are a few photographs of the day. We hope everyone will join us again next season for this popular bonspiel.