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NEILSON Aileen
Sport Wheelchair Curling
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age47
Place of BirthEast Kilbride, SCO
Height1.47 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Strathaven, SCO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Education - University of Paisley: Ayr, SCO
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in 2004 at the Hamilton Ice Rink in Scotland.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after watching the Scotland wheelchair curling team win gold at the 2005 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. "That was the moment when, rather than sitting and watching, I wanted to be on the ice, and started training in my free time and wanting to be selected for the squad." Her family also played the sport.
Club / Team
Braehead Wheelchair Curling Club: Glasgow, SCO
Name of coach
Sheila Swan [national], GBR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Skip
Handedness
Right
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Scotland
Opponent
Russian Federation
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Sollefteċ, SWE
General Interest
Nicknames
Mother Goose (championsinschools.com, 02 Sep 2013)
Hobbies
Arts and crafts, reading, eating out. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
British sailor Ellen MacArthur. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Wish it, dream it, do it." (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
She carried the Paralympic flame through Hackney as part of the torch relay leg from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Park for the 2012 Games in London. (news.stv.tv, 21 Aug 2012)

She was awarded the Sportsmanship Award at the 2011 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. (championsinschool.com, 02 Sep 2013)
Other sports
She competed at the 2004 Para Equestrian Driving World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. (cdsg-dd.co.uk, 15 Mar 2014)
Famous relatives
Her grandfather and uncle both won world titles in curling for Scotland. (britishcurling.org.uk, 01 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of a spinal cord tumour. (sisport.com, 2010; Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Other information
HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENTS
She has captained both the Great Britain and Scotland wheelchair curling teams, and was the only female team captain at the 2013 World Championship in Sochi, Russian Federation. She also made history in 2010 by becoming the first female skip at a Paralympic Winter Games when she took over for Great Britain's final match in Vancouver. (paralympics.org.uk, 13 Sep 2012)

FOCUS ON CURLING
She took a three-year break from her job as a primary school teacher to focus on wheelchair curling ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. After the Games she decided to continue focusing on the sport and was granted unpaid leave so that she could pursue her aim of competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (dailyrecord.co.uk, 19 Nov 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2010 Team  
3 2014 Team  
7 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
3 2006/2007 Team  
7 2007/2008 Team  
5 2008/2009 Team  
2 2010/2011 Team  
8 2011/2012 Team  
6 2012/2013 Team  
8 2014/2015 Team  
3 2016/2017 Team