BELLSHILL wheelchair curler Bob McPherson has touched down in Russia ahead of the start of the Paralympic Winter Games.
Bob likes to mark his body with tattoos to remind him of his sporting achievements, but a medal in Sochi will top even the very best of body artwork.
He forms part of a five-strong Great Britain team looking to emulate both the men’s and women’s curling teams who returned home from the Winter Olympics with medals.
Led by skip Aileen Neilson, the all-Scottish team will open their account against reigning Paralympics champions Canada in the first of nine round robin games on Saturday before the competition moves into the knock-out stages.
And while anticipation is building, with preparations well under way and all his kit collected, Bob wants to do Britain proud.
He said: “I got the GB Paralympics Lion tattooed on my arm just before Christmas to add to the one marking my first World Championship win, but I’m going to get the Paralympics logo on it too.
“I love it, it reminds of what I have achieved and to be on the team for Sochi is a dream come true for me, it’s absolutely amazing.
“I remember when I got my Scotland kit, when I saw that, I thought that was amazing, but then when we got the kit for the GB Paralympics team, that was out of this world.
“The only thing I wanted to see was my name on the back of the kit and that is the best thing ever.
“It would be a dream come true to win a medal at Sochi.”
Tom Killin, Gregor Ewan and reserve Angie Malone make up the rest of the team.
Head coach Tony Zummack said: “Bob McPherson is in fine form and has worked really hard leading up to these games.
“As a coach I am not looking for perfect performances, what we are looking for is for the team to maintain their consistency day in day out to give us an opportunity to win those games.
“Right now our expectations are let’s make sure we get through the round robin, qualify for the play-offs and once we get there anything can happen but I am very pleased with the team we have.”
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