Girvan’s Angie going for gold

Girvan wheelchair curler Angie Malone is currently in Lohja, Finland, taking part in the World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

The team. with Angie as alternate, have played six games, winning two and losing four. Their last defeat was yesterday morning when they went down 6-4 to Canada.

On Monday they played Russia, who are undefeated so far. However, Russia found it tough going in a tight game against Scotland in the morning session, with the teams tied 2-2 at the fourth end break.

After that Russia took their first advantage in the game as skip Andrey Smirnov drew into an open house for two points in the fifth end.

Scotland fourth Gregor Ewan was too heavy with his final draw with his last stone in the next end which meant that the Scots could only take one point.

Russia’s Smirnov then made a hit for two points in the seventh end to extend their lead before Scotland conceded in the eighth end with the final score 6-3.

The team got off to a fantastic start defeating Germany 12-2 in the first game then beating Sweden 6-2 in the second, but then lost four in a row going down 6-4 to China; 6-2 to Norway; 6-3 to Russia and 6-4 to Canada.

The team were due to play Slovakia yesterday afternoon and then the USA and Finland yesterday (Wednesday).They will have to win all their remaining ties to make Thursday’s playoff stages and Friday’s semis and final.

Angie, 49, has been a regular on the international wheelchair curling scene since she made her debut in 2005 at the world championships in Braehead, Glasgow when she won gold. She followed this up with a silver medal for Team GB at the Winter Paralympics in Torino in 2006. She won world bronze in 2007, but the following year was diagnosed with breast cancer and took the next two seasons off. Having made a full recovery, Angie returned to the ice in 2010 at the Vancouver Paralympics when Team GB finished out of the medals. She made the Scotland squad for the next two world championships, winning a world silver in 2011. Last year, she was again in the Team GB squad at the Sochi Paralympics, where the team won bronze.