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By Fiona Reid
Olympians in town

MEDAL winning Winter Olympians are in Dumfries today, supporting a curling contest and meeting youngsters.

Members of Team Muirhead and Team Mouat are at the Ice Bowl for the Scottish Curling Championships.

Meanwhile, Dumfries and Galloway Council are planning a civic reception to honour the region’s Olympians.

Numerous councillors lined up to heap praise on the curling sports stars: Kirkgunzeon’s Grant Hardie, Stranraer duo Hammy McMillan and Bobby Lammie, Ross Whyte of Dumfries, who picked up silver in the men’s final in Beijing, and Dumfries-born Vicky Wright, who earned gold as part of the women’s team.

Finances were briefly put aside at the council’s annual budget meeting on Tuesday as elected members revelled in the glory of the curling stars.

Stranraer and the Rhins Councillor Tommy Sloan said: “The whole of Scotland is proud of the curling teams, and we are particularly proud in ward one as we have three out of the ten young people.

“We would ask that, at some time, the council will hold a small civic reception to honour these people.”

Council leader Elaine Murray replied: “There is a reception coming up, it’s being organised.

“We wanted to acknowledge the successes of other curlers in earlier competitions and also the summer Olympics. So, that’s something the Winter Olympics champions will be invited to.”

Councillor Ros Surtees, also representing Stranraer and the Rhins, said: “I just want to give a shout out to tiny little Leswalt Primary School. Two medal winners coming from a tiny school in Leswalt, and they couldn’t be more excited.”

North West Dumfries Councillor David McKie said: “Sitting watching the curling brought tears to my eyes. Everybody should be congratulated for what they achieved.”

Meanwhile, Lochar Councillor Ivor Hyslop said: “My two boys play curling and I remember sitting in the curling lounge watching my boys train, and a young lad next door them, Ross Whyte, was there throwing stones up and down himself, hour after hour, dedicated to his sport.

“This is what it takes to get you there. We also need to thank the hundreds of volunteers across the region who help out, whether it’s at North West Castle, the Ice Bowl, or Lockerbie.”



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