Bob is blown away by Sochi success

Bob McPherson with his bronze medal
Bob McPherson with his bronze medal

Bellshill wheelchair curler Bob McPherson admits the last week has been a ‘whirlwind’ after wining Olympic bronze.

McPherson was part of the Team GB squad which secured third place at the Paralympic Winter games in Sochi, Russia.

The all-Scots team, which also consisted of skip Aileen Neilson, Gregor Ewan, Angie Malone and Jim Gault, arrived back in the UK last Tuesday and were immediately whisked to 10 Downing Street where they met Prime Minister David Cameron and TV comedy star James Corden.

They then rushed north for a reception and press conference at the Hilton Hotel, Edinburgh Airport, hosted by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, sportscotland and Commonwealth Games and Sport minister Shona Robinson.

McPherson said: “I’m over the moon if we had been offered a bronze at the start of the week I’d have bitten your hand off.

“We were a bit up and down results wise, but it was all about getting through the round robin-stages and seeing where we went from there.

“There were all hard teams out there so after we got to the business end of the week we put the long-haul of the round-robin behind us and looked at it as being a new tournament.

“The other Olympic curlers had come back from Sochi with medals and we wanted to do the same, but it didn’t put any extra pressure on us, and it all worked out well.


“China are a really young and strong team so to beat them in the final game and pick up the bronze was a real achievement, especially as they had beaten us quite comfortabley earlier in the week.

“We have now moved up to third in the world and there will be a few other nations taking notice ahead of next year’s World Championships.”

Illness to Tom Killin meant Gault was drafted into the team with less than a week to go, but McPherson says this didn’t cause a problem.

He said: “We had the change with Jim coming in, but that was fine because we have played and trained with Jim all season, so it didn’t really disrupt anything.

“Sochi was great, it was actually finished compared to when we were there last year for the Worlds, the accommodation and the food were first class and everyone was really friendly.


“I’m delighted, to have gone to my first Paralympics and the medal is amazing, it will be treasured forever.”

McPherson is revelling in his local celebrity.

He said: “Since I got home it has been a whirlwind, everyone wants a piece of you, whether it’s to see the medal or get an autograph or a picture, but it’s been really good.

“Being rushed to Downing Street as soon as we got back to the UK was slightly surreal and I have to say David Cameron was very nice, then up to Edinburgh and having all those people waiting for you was quite overwhelming.

“I have also been invited by Rangers to be a guest at one of their upcoming games and I am really looking forward to that.”