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WWhCC 2011 Sportsmanship Award

Aileen Neilson winner of the 2011 World Wheelchair Curling Championship Sportsmanship Award. Photo: WCF/Pavla Hrbova

Aileen Neilson skip of the Scottish wheelchair curling team, has won the 2011 World Wheelchair Curling Championship sportsmanship award.

Neilson was nominated by her fellow competitors. They were all invited to nominate a player at the event who, in their view, best exemplified the traditional values of skill, honesty, fair play, sportsmanship and friendship.

Neilson received the award from Chief Umpire Ian Addison during the closing ceremonies on Tuesday night.

39 year old Neilson, from Strathaven, Lanarkshire in Scotland started wheelchair curling in 2004. This was her fourth appearance at a world championship but her first as skip. In Prague she made curling history by becoming the first woman to skip a competing wheelchair team at a World Championship. At the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games she played skip stones for the Great British squad which finished 6th overall.

To see the previous recipients of the award visit:
http://www.worldcurling.org/wwhcc-sportsmanship-award