Team GB curling skipper thanks Star Refrigeration


28 February 2018
Team GB curling captain Aileen Nielsen at Star Refrigeration
Team GB's wheelchair curling team captain paid tribute to the work of Star Refrigeration before flying out to the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea.

The team has been training at the first National Curling Academy in Stirling and Star played a part in constructing the new curling rink as well as the ice rink at Braehead Arena, where bronze medallist Aileen Neilson trained for the Sochi 2014 games.
She said: "For me, the quality of ice at the ice rinks I practise at is crucial to enable me to become the best curler I can be. If you have consistent ice then you are able to more accurately analyse your technique and delivery and if the ice is consistent it is one less variable to take into account. It is good to train and practice on different ice conditions but there is nothing better than training on ‘world class’ ice every day in preparation for playing at the major competitions.

“I would like to thank Star Refrigeration for their continued support, and all the ice rinks we have used over the years. We appreciate all of the hard work by dedicated staff who are involved in producing top quality ice in order for us to be the best we can be.''

The Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sports, Aileen Campbell, said: “As our Paralympic curling team head to PyeongChang, they go with the confidence of having had a high quality preparation in world class facilities, and that they have given themselves the best chance of success. This is thanks to the support and hard work of the National Curling Academy and Star Refrigeration. Scotland is committed to sport being accessible to all, and seeing our para athletes compete on the world stage is powerful inspiration to anybody who wants to participate and achieve their goals.”

Alan Walkinshaw of Star Refrigeration, who oversaw the project at the NCA, said: “We are thrilled to be developing top level training facilities to help UK athletes succeed in their chosen sports and reach their full potential. Having followed Aileen’s achievements over the years and after meeting her when she visited Star’s head office, I know she’s a very determined woman and I’m sure she’ll lead us to victory so I wish her the best of luck – we’re all rooting for the GB curling teams!”
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