Published: 15/03/2014 17:19 - Updated: 16/03/2014 11:24

Bronze joy for Team GB

MORAY curlers Gregor Ewan and Jim Gault will return home with a bronze medal.

Gregor Ewan (centre) in action at Sochi. Fellow Moray curler Jim Gault is pictured right. Photo from www.sochi2014.com
Gregor Ewan (centre) in action at Sochi. Fellow Moray curler Jim Gault is pictured right. Photo from www.sochi2014.com

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Team GB beat China 7-3 to claim third place in the wheelchair curling at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

After the disappointment of defeat to Russia in their semi-final, the British rink recovered to claim a medal.

However, it did not look to be going their way when China led 3-0 after two ends.

However, skip Aileen Neilson hit back with doubles in each of the next two ends to surge into a 4-3 lead.

And Team GB won shots at each of the next three ends to lead 7-3 going into the final end, which finished blank.

It is a great achievement for Moray Wheelchair Curling Club members Ewan and Gault, who have reached the pinnacle in their sport after turning to curling to transform their lives.

The pair are set to receive a hero's welcome when they return to Moray.

Jim Gault told BBC Sport: "I've been training with these guys for three and a half years so I just slotted in. We came to do a job and we got it done.

"The team dynamics have been fantastic and we've always picked ourselves up and come back and today was the same. It was quite a task to lift ourselves for the final after the semi-final We knew the Chinese would be tough but we stuck to our targets.

"Seeing the skiers winning medals made us really wanted to win one too. We knew we had great support from the skiers and also from those at home and it has been an amazing journey."

Canada shocked the hosts Russia 8-3 to win the gold medal.

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