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Gregor Ewan recalled for World Wheelchair Curling Championships in China

By Ewan Malcolm

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ELGIN resident Gregor Ewan (49) will represent Scotland at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships for the first time since 2017.

Gregor has won numerous wheelchair curling titles.
Gregor has won numerous wheelchair curling titles.

The two time Paralympian will fly out to China on Monday, October 18 before hitting the ice to compete in Beijing between October 23 and 30 after a year of hard work.

"I'm happy that I'm back in the squad," Gregor said.

"I've done a lot with myself over this year. When I came back from the last Paralympics I wasn't in a good place. I was dealing with a lot of pain in my spine so I needed time out to get that sorted before I could go back to the squad but since then I have lost nearly eight stone. I'm probably fitter now than I was in my twenties."

Gregor (right) and Jim Gault after winning bronze at the Paralympics in Sochi in 2014.
Gregor (right) and Jim Gault after winning bronze at the Paralympics in Sochi in 2014.

Gregor already has a bronze medal from the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi to his name and competed in PyeongChang four years later. He has also won silver and bronze world championships medals as well as numerous British and Scottish titles.

He'll be hoping his team can progress beyond the round-robin phase of the competition to give himself a chance of a first gold medal this time though.

"I want to perform well for my country. I think I've got the skills to go there and perform well. I'm just trying to go out there and enjoy it.

"As I said I've worked really hard this year. We've all put in a lot of time and effort. I've never seen a more committed team but you don't win medals for just being committed."

Gregor is joined by Hugh Nibloe, David Melrose, Charlotte McKenna and Meggan Dawson-Farrell for the 12-team mixed gender competition. It will be Meggan and David's first World Championships but the aim remains clear for Gregor.

"I'd love for us to be in the top four come the end of the championships," Gregor said.

"I know that it will be Meggan and David's first championships and that we are maybe a wee bit of an inexperienced team but that shouldn't matter too much.

"We can still perform well. Doing that will set us up for the Paralympics in March 2022. If we can get a good showing here then maybe we can have a better finish at the Paralympics, maybe even pick up a medal."

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