Angie Malone's Story (Part 2 - The Paralympics)

Angie Malone MBE is a wheelchair curler from Glasgow. She has been to 4 Paralympic Games and 8 World Championships, winning many medals throughout her amazing sporting career. She is now retired but still very much involved in the sport, coaching the next generation of players in the game she loves so much. At the end of 2021 Angie joined the WheelPower team as the Physical Activity Advisor at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow. 

My First Paralympics

“It was phenomenal going to Torino in 2006. The Italians treated us like film stars and they were so passionate. We won the silver medal and I was like wow. We had worked so hard leading up to the games and were so close to the gold but that silver medal was a fantastic achievement for the team, support staff, and coaches who were all first class.”

“When you get to a Paralympics you have thousands of people cheering, clapping, laughing! For me, I loved being on the big stage, being part of it and feeding off the energy. It helped me to perform at my best and with the crowd behind us I could get out there and do what I enjoyed!”

“What made the experience was all the people, the competitors, the volunteers at the rink and at the apartments. All we had to do was curl and in a way it was like going to the Caribbean on holiday and just doing the most amazing thing. Playing sport and not having to worry about anything else. No cleaning, cooking, driving!”

Cancer Diagnosis and Vancouver 2010

“In 2008 I was diagnosed with breast cancer whilst I was training for Vancouver 2010. I was told I needed chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. I was shocked and devastated that this could possibly end my curling career. I spoke to my doctors, and my coach and I said I need to have this operation which I did. I continued training even though I knew I would be ill 3 to 4 days per month. We put a plan together with Sport Scotland, and if I felt ill I stayed in my bed and did what I loved on the days I could. Being selected for Vancouver 2010 after all the treatment was really emotional, and so amazing after everything the whole family had been through.”

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From Sochi to PyeongChang

“The standard of wheelchair curling from Torino to Sochi/PyeongChang continued to grow and every nation was getting better and working so hard. Anybody could win! We were working with Sport Scotland and had physios, nutritionists, sports analysts and had a large group of people looking after us. We took every bit of support we could get to be the best we could be which made such a huge difference. We had more ice time and were able to train full time in Stirling.”

“One of the best moments of my career was out at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games where I had the time of my life. It was an amazing Paralympic Games, the support from back home was great and it was such a fantastic experience. The Russian crowds were phenomenal and the volunteers looked after us superbly. To be part of that and be competing at that level and be in the bronze medal game was amazing. When we won the bronze medal vs the Chinese it felt like gold. It was one of my proudest moments and it still makes me emotional every single time I think about it." 


Becoming a Member of the British Empire

“It was so surprising and shocking to get the letter. We had such an exciting time as a family in London and I felt really proud. I knew I loved my sport, I was loving developing players, and encouraging new people into curling. I wanted other people to enjoy what I had enjoyed through my Paralympics and being part of a sport. Sport has really enhanced my life, it’s given me such joy. Being around amazing people, they have really made sport for me. You get to experience being with other people from all over the world which is phenomenal. I just loved what we were doing and what we were part of, both at club level and internationally. To travel all over the world, meet new people, try to speak different languages and communicate with other countries was fantastic.”

PART 3 - Returning to Stoke Mandeville 

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