A British curling Paralympian appeared in court after he was clocked speeding more than 100mph in his car on the A77.

Hugh Nibloe was allowed to keep his licence after he admitted a charge of careless driving on the A77, overtaking a car in his Mini on approaching Ballantrae at 104mph, as he was returning from training last year.

The 41-year-old wheelchair-bound athlete – who led the British Paralympic team after being diagnosed MS - was warned he would lose his licence if he receives any more penalty points

When he appeared in Ayr Sheriff Court on Wednesday [November 1] the Procurator Fiscal depute said: “At 5.30pm in the evening of September 29, 2022, police were conducting a speed check.

“The accused was driving overtaking another vehicle and observed speeding at 104mph.

“The accused was stopped cautioned and charged and made no reply."

Defence solicitor Colin McLaughlin said: “He is a 41-year-old single man on a variety of state benefits.

“He is an unusual case and involved in the British Paralympic curling system. He has provided a letter of some relevance to assist.

"His home address is in a rural area and was going to training.

"He was coming back on a long flat stretch of road heading into Ballantrae. He has nothing else outstanding."

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Sheriff Desmond Leslie said: “It is clear your licence means a lot to you – maybe that should have prompted you to be circumspect.

"This isn't going 80, 85 or 90mph even, you were going at 104mph as you approached the town of Ballantrae. Your speed is evident from the speedometer.

"You know its a 60mph limit, you're not doubling it but you are not far off.

"Regardless of pleading guilty to dangerous or careless driving it would normally result in disqualification that speed, that would have clear implications."  

Nibloe, of Magille Drive, Castle Kennedy, was fined £320, including payment to the Scottish Government surcharge fund.

He was also given eight penalty points and warned you "know the consequences" if any further incidents.

Nibloe played in his first Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championships in March 2013 and was part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme at Sochi 2014.

He made his major debut for Scotland at the 2015 Wheelchair Curling World Championships in Lohja, Finland, reaching an eighth-place finish.

In 2019, he was part of Scotland’s silver medal-winning team on home ice at the World Championships in Stirling, Scotland.

In 2021, Nibloe was skip for the team that reached the quarter finals at the World Championships in Beijing, China – in the same venue that hosted the Paralympic Winter Games in 2022.

At Beijing 2022, he was skip as the Wheelchair Curlers had some notable victories including a 10-6 success against the USA who finished fifth in the competition but ultimately were knocked out at the round robin stage.

Major results Bronze - 2017 World Championships, PyeongChang South Korea and Silver World Championships, Stirling, Scotland 2019.