‘Lifetime ambition’ achieved by Elgin’s Paralympic medal winner

An Elgin Paralympic wheelchair curler who has covered thousands of miles in preparing for the winter games in Russia said he has now achieved a “lifetime ambition”.

Gregor Ewan won Paralympic bronze alongside his Moray team-mate, Lossiemouth’s Jim Gault, in a dramatic medal play-off match against China on Saturday.

Completing the all-Scottish Team GB medal winners were skip Aileen Neilson, Bob McPherson and Angie Malone.

Ewan and Gault where the only curlers to take part in every minute of the 11-game medal winning run in Sochi – but the Elgin man admitted that was the tip of the iceberg.

He said: “I have given everything for this over the last four years. I was so close in Vancouver but just missed out and that made me more determined to make it – and now it has paid off.

“My Paralympic experience has been brilliant – I put in four years of hard work, our coaching is in Stirling and I’m from Elgin – so it is about a 400-mile drive.”

Lossiemouth man Jim Gault was only called into the Team GB side as a last-gasp replacement but turned out to be a star for the side has he turned in superb curling throughout the tournament with a 61% accuracy rating.

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