GREGOR Ewan admits he is entering unknown territory after being selected to represent Great Britain at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.
But the Elgin wheelchair curler insists he is relieved to have two steady hands on the tiller to learn from in the form of team-mates Tom Killin and Aileen Neilson when the competition starts in March.
While both Ewan and Bob McPherson, from Bellshill, will be making their Paralympic debuts for Great Britain’s wheelchair curling team heading to Sochi, Killin is competing in his fifth Paralympics, winning silver in Turin 2006 along with 2014 reserve Angie Malone, and Neilson her second after a sixth-place finish in Vancouver 2010.
And Ewan admits that with his comparative inexperience he will be picking the brains of his team-mates throughout his Paralympics debut.
“Being picked for Sochi is the highlight of my career,” he said. “Other than being a father or getting married, it’s up there.
“It’s my first Games but we’re really lucky that we’ve got Tom Killin, Angie Malone and Aileen Neilson, who have been to Vancouver and two of them were in Turin as well.
“They have that knowledge and experience of what to expect and what may happen at certain times. It’s invaluable getting that information from someone that you know.”
•Sainsbury’s is a proud long-term supporter of the British Paralympic Association and a champion of inclusive sport for all. For more information on Sainsbury’s commitment to inclusive sport, visit: www.Sainsburys.co.uk/activekidsRead the full interview with Gregor in 'The Northern Scot' print version on Friday.