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2022 Beijing Paralympic Games: British wheelchair curler injured in defeat to Canada

David Melrose (C) took up wheelchair curling in 2015. Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Paralympic GB wheelchair curler David Melrose has been taken to hospital after falling out of his wheelchair during their 6-3 defeat to Canada on Wednesday.

Melrose, 56, was reaching for a delivery stick when he fell, injuring his shoulder. The game was delayed as he recieved treatment before being stretchered off the ice.

"He's been taken to hospital for medical assessment after falling out of his wheelchair," ParalympicsGB said in a tweet. "He's conscious and was accompanied to the hospital by a British Curling team nurse and physio after receiving initial treatment at the venue."

After the defeat, the team's skip Hugh Nibloe said: "It did effect us we are a close-knit bunch and it's never easy to see anyone you care about taken away on a stretcher. The most important thing is that he is ok.

"David being well is the best thing, I would rather come of the ice hearing he is well with a loss than the other way round, and it means I can still have a smile on my face now."

ParalympicsGB have won won three and lost four in the round robin stage of the competition, meaning they need to win their remaining matches to keep qualification for the semi-finals in their own hands.