British wheelchair curler injured in defeat to Canada


Paralympic GB wheelchair curler David Melrose has been taken to hospital after falling out of his wheelchair during their 6-3 defeat to Canada on Wednesday.

Melrose, 56, was reaching for a delivery stick when he fell, injuring his shoulder. The game was delayed as he received treatment before being stretched off the ice.

« He’s been taken to hospital for medical assessment after falling out of his wheelchair, » ParalympicsGB said in a tweet. « He’s conscious and was accompanied to the hospital by a British Curling team nurse and physio after receiving initial treatment at the venue. »

After the defeat, the team’s skip Hugh Nibloe said: « It did effect us we are a close-knit bunch and it’s never easy to see anyone you care about taken away on a stretcher. The most important thing is that he is ok.

« David being well is the best thing, I would rather come of the ice hearing he is well with a loss than the other way round, and it means I can still have a smile on my face now. »

ParalympicsGB have won won three and lost four in the round robin stage of the competition, meaning they need to win their remaining matches to keep qualification for the semi-finals in their own hands.


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