Girvan curler proud to be part of Paralympic team

Girvan’s wheelchair curler Angie Malone has seen Team GB witness mixed fortunes so far at the Paralympic Games in Sochi.

The 48 year-old is in Russia as part of the mixed curling team as the first reserve so hasn’t seen any action on the ice yet but will be raring to go if called upon.

Speaking before the games she said: “I feel privileged and proud to be a part of an absolutely phenomenal team representing Britain and I’m so excited.

“I’m certainly going to be going out as a fifth player – a supportive member of the team as it were – I will be ready if needed. If there is any injury at all, I will be on the ice,” she added.

“Whatever the coach decides, if we feel we need to play another player, if anyone is unwell or injured then you would play the fifth player on the ice.”

At the time of going to press Team GB had won three out of their opening five matches in the round robin stage.

On Saturday they suffered a 6-3 loss to Canada in the opening match before turning things around on Sunday with wins over Sweden (6-4) and Korea (8-4) before enjoying a thumping 12-2 win against Slovakia on Monday.

However, they suffered a 13-4 loss to Finland in the early hours of Tuesday morning and were due to play Norway later that day as the Gazette went to press.

Further games in the round robin will see Team GB take on hosts Russia on Wednesday before tackling the United States of America and China on Thursday in what could be a crucial double header.

Angie tasted silver success at Turin 2006 and also won a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in the Czech Republic so is geared up to go one better this time.

Here’s hoping Angie gets some action on the ice soon and that Team GB’s Paralympian’s add to our great curling success in the Winter Olympics.