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Saturday, November 2, 2013

GB Wheelchair Curlers win third medal of the season


GB Wheelchair Curlers win third medal of the season

Great Britain has returned from the 7th Annual Canadian Open Wheelchair Bonspiel in Richmond, B.C., with a silver medal.

GB represented the only international entry in the competition this year but the standard of play was high, with their opponents including the current World Champions and five provincial teams.
A six game round robin was used to determine playoff positions and GB finished atop the standings with a 5-1 record which qualified them for the championship final against Team Alberta.

After regulation play the score was tied 4-4 and a draw to the button was used to determine the winner. Team Alberta threw first and delivered their stone to the T line, only 17 cm from the tee. Aileen Neilson delivered the final attempt at victory for GB but came up just short of the Alberta stone’s measurment.

Winning silver at this competition means GB claim their third medal of the season, adding to two previous gold medals from Denmark and Kinross.

The team will now spend four weeks training back in the UK before heading back to North America to compete in Ottawa, Ontario and then Utica, New York.

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