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By Abbey Morton
Ross flies the flag in Norway

A YOUNG Dumfries curler is taking part in an Olympic event in Norway this weekend.

Ross Whyte will fly the flag for Team GB at the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer after successfully making his way through a selection programme.
The 17-year-old applied for Youth Olympics at the end of last season and was invited to attend a training day in Glasgow along with around 30 other young athletes, which also included Ellie Hamilton from Dumfries.
Only two girls and two boys would make the final selection and both Ellie and Ross made the shortlist and then had to attend a final interview stage and deliver a presentation to the selectors.
Despite not making the final selection, Ellie was given a special mention for the professionalism of her presentation.
Curling development officer Graham Sloan said: “This is fantastic news for both Ross and his family and curling at Dumfries Ice Bowl.
“We are delighted to see one of our own home grown athletes make it to this elite level and I am sure Ross will thrive in the experience and represent Team GB in a very professional and committed manner.
“Ross is a real talent and a great team leader who brings out the best in others and we are really proud of his achievement here at Dumfries Ice Bowl.”
Ross will now meet up with his team and the selectors to plan a training schedule for the Youth Olympics where he will get the opportunity to meet thousands of other young athletes and legendary names from the world of sport.
He will also be supported by Olympic bronze medallist Claire Hamilton, sister of Ellie, who will serve as Young Ambassadors for the games.


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