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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tom Killin inducted into inaugurall Scottish Disability Sports Hall of Fame

A BIG CONGRATS to Tom Killin long time member of the Scottish/GB curling squad on being inducted into the Scottish Disability Sports Hall of Fame at last nights AGM.

Tom Killin (born 30 March 1950, in Edinburgh) is a British multi-sport Paralympian. Killin was paralysed following a traffic accident at the age of 17.

Killin won two medals in fencing at the 1970 Commonwealth Games. He also represented Scotland and Britain in disability table tennis and basketball for 12 years, including winning a World Championship silver medal in singles table tennis. Tom made his first Paralympic appearance as a wheelchair fencer at the 1980 Summer Games where he won two silver medals, and also competed in the 1984 Summer Paralympics.

He first joined the Braehead Curling Club in 2003. In 2005 he represented Scotland at the World Championships in a team that also contained Frank Duffy, Ken Dickson, Angie Malone and Michael McCreadie. They won the gold medal and all five athletes were selected to compete for Britain in the first Paralympic wheelchair curling event held at the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Turin, Italy.

During the Paralympic tournament Britain won their group games against the teams from Denmark, Sweden, Italy and the United States, and lost the matches against Switzerland, Norway and Canada. Their record of four wins and three loses meant they finished the group stage in second place and advanced to the medal rounds. they beat Sweden in the semifinal and went onto to face Canada in the final. Where they lost 7-4 to Chris Daw (Skip) and his team from Canada finishing as Silver medlists.

In 2010 Killin was again part of Great Britain's Paralympic wheelchair curling team. The team, which also featured Michael McCreadie as skip, Angela Malone, Aileen Neilson and James Sellar had finished fifth at the 2009 World Championships. Britain won three of their nine group games, beating teams from Switzerland, Germany, and Japan. They finished in sixth position, which meant that they did not advance to the medal matches.

In Tom own words"

"A wonderful & a big surprise last night at the Scottish disablilty Sports AGM
it was there inaugurall Hall of fame to those Paralympic athletes who they thought had done the sport proud and had achieved outstanding succsess over the years and deserved to be inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame. I am so proud and honoured to announce that I was one of the first to be inducted into the new Hall of fame last night.  I am very humbled this tops all my achievments."

Again, Congratilations to Tom on his  life of acheivements!

Sincerely my friend!

Chris Daw and the Wheelchair Curling Blog 2 staff

1 comment:

tom killin said...

Thank you for the finishing words - from one sincere friend to another