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World curling heads for Dumfries

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By Fiona Reid
World curling heads for Dumfries

FINAL preparations are being made for the Rotary World Curling Championships, which will take place in Dumfries next week for the first time ever.

About 100 curlers and their partners are expected to attend from around the world to the ice bowl between April 8-15.

Two competitions will run concurrently, one for the Rotary World title and the other for the Friendship title.

The Rotary World Championship dates back to 1972, with the Friendship event introduced in 1996. Each country holds its own qualifying competitions to put forward their champions to represent them, the Ramshead Competition being the qualifier for Scotland. The Friendship Games are open to Rotary Clubs that have previously participated in the main Rotary World Championship event.

This will be the first time that the event has been held in Dumfries and it will involve Rotarians from Canada, America, England and of course Scotland.

Organising committee chairman Bob Carruthers said: “It will be a major international event to be held in Dumfries and expands on the excellent reputation curling in Dumfries has for major curling events.

“We are really excited to be able to bring this international event to Dumfries. It is not just about curling but also about developing international friendships. There will be a full programme of social events and sightseeing trips planned for partners and non curling friends throughout the week. It will be a great opportunity to showcase Dumfries on a world stage and support the region after the impact of the pandemic, particularly assisting the hospitality sector.

“We will be delighted to welcome Rotarians and non Rotarians should they wish to come to the Ice Bowl to watch some of the competition curling and sample the friendly atmosphere of the championships.”

Clubs throughout the south of Scotland are taking a role in the organisation, including Dumfries Devorgilla, Dumfries, Lockerbie, Thornhill, Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright all involved. Local curlers from the region will also be well represented with teams from Stranraer, Kirkcudbright, Lockerbie and Dumfries.

Bob added: “A number of local companies have also gratefully provided sponsorship and there will also be a donation to Maggie’s Centres.”

Follow the event’s progress on Facebook at @ICurFRDumfries2022.