2017 Winners: Team Wightman with skip Rosemary Lenton, David Wightman, Gill Kill and Beatrice Kerr for South Lanarkshire Wheelchair Curling Club. Runners Up: Team Pimblett and 3rd : Team McGarry both teams for Newcastle.
10 teams played a round robin competition with 3 games per day. The players from all round Scotland, Northern England and Wales played good curling in good humour throughout the three days.
As always the event was a great success with the wheelchair community and is the final competition of our season. This is the ninth year of Tunnock’s terrific sponsorship. Their continued interest and loyalty is greatly appreciated.
Organising any competition requires considerable commitment to provide what was a seamless and enjoyable 3 days of curling. Moira Law and Ian Donaldson worked hard to organise this annual event. Thanks to all those that contributed, it is a long list and they know who they are. SLWCC is very grateful for all the help and support received. We look forward to 2018.
Report: Angela Higson 08/04/2017
The Bells Trophy for 2016, which starts off our new season of curling, was a great success with eight teams fighting it out over 5 weeks. The final was a close fought game between Team Bain (David Bain, Jimmy Smith and Stuart Brown) and Team Donaldson (Ian Donaldson, Angela Higson and Russell Shanks) with Team Bain winning. Afterwards we all enjoyed the delights of Bells Pies and trophies were presented by Bells representative, with goodie bags distributed to all participants.
Much thanks to our sponspors, Bells Foods Ltd, for their continued support of this competition.
It is with real sadness that I pass on the news of the death of Arthur Bell CBE, following a short illness.
Arthur was a long standing member of South Lanarkshire Wheelchair Curling Club. During his time, he served as chairman of SLWCC. After retiring from the committee, he remained very supportive of those who took over and was always a source of advice. He was an extremely popular member of the club and would go out of his way to socialise with, and encourage, all members, new and old, seasoned or novice.
Arthur is a past Chairman of SWCA. He carried his “inclusive” approach to his role as chairman. Sometimes against the tide, he strived to ensure all members were regarded equally, irrespective of the level they played at. The last time most of you will have seen him was at the SWCA AGM were he argued passionately that members of the Performance Squad should be encouraged to go back to their club sessions to pass on their skills and experience to the next generation of players. It’s a real shame he didn’t get the chance to see it in action this season.
Arthur was one of the few people of whom, I can honestly say, I never heard a bad word said. This is hardly surprising, given that he was a rare breed. He was a genuine gentleman.
He will be missed.
Paul Webster SWCA Chairman
The 2015 season has started with our opening competition of the Bells Trophy. This year it was run as a triples competition over 5 weeks. The final was held on Monday 2 November 2015 between Bill Masterton, David Telfer & Jim (Elvis) Smith v J Sellar, M Elliott & Michael Greaves MacKintosh. The game was very close and went down to the last stone when Bill required to take a 4 in the last end to win. Up by 3 his last stone was crucial – and yes he did succeed! Well done to team MASTERTON winners of the 2015 Bells Trophy. Bill has now won this competition 3 times with his partner David.
The competition was particularly poignant this year reminding us of the recent death of our friend and fellow curler Arthur Bell. Arthur was a great supporter of our club and was instrumental in starting this competition with sponsorship from Bells Foods Ltd. We are greatly appreciative of their support and hope our association with them will continue. Arthur will be greatly missed.
This year the final was played by Rosemary Lenton and Russell Shanks against David Telfer and Gerald Pocock. It turned into a battle royal and after four ends it was a draw and a fifth end was played. The game was won on the last stone by Lenton and Shanks who were presented with the trophy (after everyone had eaten pies and sausage rolls provided by Bells).
Bells Food Group have continued sponsorship of this competition over a number of years and we are extremely grateful for their continued support and the lucky bags that they provide to all our members.
22 Members played during the afternoon in 2 sections to the Schenkel System. Games of 3 ends and 3 stones each per end, moved along quickly with lunch of soup and sandwiches available. The final was a close game between Alex Harvey and Daniel Cowan with Alex the victor. Mrs Taylor presented the Trophy. Many of our newer curlers played and found the experience of playing singles an enjoyable challenge. As do most of us!
The league ran throughout the season; with all our matches now played the winning team is Jim Sellar (skip), David Bain, Russell Shanks and Stuart Brown (who substituted Jimmy Smith). The team was presented with their trophy by Mrs Taylor.
Congratulations to the team for winning a Bronze Medal. The team skipped by Aileen Neilsen was Gregor Euan, Jim Gault, Robert McPherson and Angie Malone – we watched every game with all the highs and lows and a few tears too! Well done, you are great ambassadors of the sport of wheelchair curling.
With the paralympic team away this years competition was wide open and every game was hard fought by eight teams from across the country. Several of the players were competing in their first Championship.
It was an all SLWCC final this year with two teams from our club fighting it out. The team of Alex Harvey, Eddie Fleming, David Bain and David Telfer versus Rosemary Lenton, Bill Masterton, David Wightman and Jim Sellar. Alex and his newly formed team triumphed over the experienced team lead by Rosemary. Congratulations to Alex and his team. Alex made the comment that it was 11 years since he last held the trophy!
Another team from South Lanarkshire Paul Webster, Gordon Rainey, John Doyle and Angela Higson failed to beat off the team of Neil Hogg, Daniel Cowan, Marie Duncan, and Leslie (from Kinross) for 3rd place.
On 20 February 2014 South Lanarkshire Wheelchair Curling Club was awarded CLUB OF THE YEAR by South Lanarkshire Disability Sports at a lunch attended by various disability sports clubs and individuals including some of our members. The award was collected on behalf of the club by the 2013 British Open winning team (all members of SLWCC) Paul Webster, Gordon Rainey, John Doyle (absent) and Angela Higson. The Award was given in recognition of our club’s acheivements over the years to promote and encourage members into the sport of wheelchair curling.
At the same ceremony club member ROBERT MCPHERSON received an individual award of Adult Sports Person of the Year. Robert is now in the parapympic squad and is representing Great Britain at Sochi this March.