Hugh Nibloe is quickly becoming the talk of the town in Stranraer but now the Paralympic wheelchair curler wants the whole country shouting from the rooftops.

Thrashing the Paralympic champions Canada in PyeongChang is certainly a sure-fire way to turn those whispers up a level.

The ParalympicsGB rink had already impressed up until that point, winning three of their first four games to throw themselves into contention for a semi-final spot.

But what followed was a statement of intent from Aileen Neilson’s rink, unleashing tactical perfection to prevail 8-1 in Monday’s evening session.

The round-robin stage will cross the halfway stage on Tuesday but Paralympic debutant Nibloe is certainly in no hurry, hoping others can join in his new adventure.

“I saw a few GB supporters up in the stand and at the end I acknowledged them because it’s amazing to have support out here. It’s good see some Brits out there supporting you,” he said.

“I’ve checked in with my family a wee bit and my mum is getting messages from everyone in my town which is a nice feeling.

“It’s created a bit of buzz in my home town and people are actually talking about it and watching it and hopefully if we keep performing then more people will tune in and realise how great this sport is and how great the Paralympics is.

“If we play at that level teams are going to have to match it to even get close to us. We’re shooting really well. The others are doing well but to do it consistently is difficult.

“There’s a lot of games to go so it’s going to be tough and we need to make sure we pick up the wins and keep that level for every game and hopefully we’ll be there at the end of the week.”

Nibloe arrived in PyeongChang as the unlikely baby aged 36, with the rest of the rink – featuring Neilson, Angie Malone, Bob McPherson and Gregor Ewan – become bronze medallists at Sochi 2014.

The Stranraer curler has fitted into the team like a glove, all the more impressive given he first started the sport in 2012.

But even he was a little surprised at just how well things went against Canada.

Both teams started off tentatively before key shots towards ends two, three and four saw Britain eke out a 3-0 lead come the halfway stage.

Two points in the next saw the lead stretched to a virtually unassailable five, a complete performance World Championship medallist Nibloe has always known was on the cards.

“That is what we have been working on all year. We know we’ve got these performances and it was good to back the win over Sweden up with one against Canada,” added Nibloe, who was diagnosed with MS when aged 24.

“Canada are a big name and it feels really good to get that one out of the way.

“We were confident coming into today. We thought we could play our best game and we executed well and we were happy with the performance.

“We were executing well and that put them under pressure, it was making them play difficult shots.

“We’ve beaten the biggest curling nation in the world. But there are another five teams out there who have all won medals so we’ve got tough games coming up.”

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