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By Zachary Hannah
Ice Bowl gets ready to welcome the world

DUMFRIES Ice Bowl is set to play host to four world class ice events in the next six months, as some of the world’s best curlers, skaters and ice hockey players come to town.

The Dumfries and Galloway Council run facility, which recently celebrated 30 years since it first opened its doors earlier this year, has hosted several national and international championships over the last few years.

Next up, from December 2-7, is the World Curling Federation – World Mixed Doubles Qualification event, which will see mixed double pairs from all over the world come to compete.

The facility will then host the 2023 International Skating Union – Trophy D’Ecosse Synchronised Skating Competition from December 16-18.

Action then moves onto skates of a different kind when the International Ice Hockey Federation U18 Women’s World Championship Division 2A takes place from January 20-27.

The ice will be flipped and the following week the facility plays host to the Scottish Curling Championships, from February 4-11.

Finally the World Curling Federation – European Curling Championships C-Division takes place from April 29 to May 6. Whilst May can be warm and sunny outdoors, the curlers competing in this event will need to be ice-cold under pressure if they wish to take home the title.

Cllr Archie Dryburgh said: “We could not play host to all these wonderful events without the support of our local, national and international partners.

“It’s been great to meet representatives from some of our partners and really appreciate how much time and effort they put into the operational and strategic elements of hosting and running events like the one’s coming here.”

Pictured above: Cllr Archie Dryburgh, Andy French of Ice Hockey UK, Kevin McQueen from Trophy D’Ecosse, Graham Sloan and Luke Wedge from Dumfries Curling and Cllr John Campbell


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