World curling competitions come to Dumfries

The World Curling Federation (WCF) and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club have announced that Dumfries will host the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and World Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships in 2014.

All three world championships will take place at the Dumfries Ice Bowl from April 22-29. More than 30 senior teams from around the world are expected to compete, along with a similar number of mixed doubles teams.

“We are delighted to be heading to Dumfries for the World Mixed Doubles and Senior Curling Championships in 2014,” said World Curling Federation president Kate Caithness. “The south-west of Scotland has a long tradition with curling and it is very fitting that these World Curling Federation championship events will be hosted in a region which has produced so many fine curlers.”

It marks the first time that Scotland will host the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which began in 2008 in Vierumäki, Finland. However, Scotland has previously staged the World Seniors, in 2005 at Greenacres.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has been successful in gaining financial support for the staging of the event through Nithsdale Area Committee and through the Homecoming Scotland 2014 events fund which aims to showcase hundreds of events across the country.

The 2013 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Championships are due to begin on April 13 in Fredericton, Canada. Both the World Seniors and Mixed Doubles are played over eight ends instead of 10 ends. Teams have only six stones each (instead of eight) and one of those stones, from each team, is prepositioned on the centre line before each end of play.

The organising committee is looking for helpers to assist with the event. The event website is currently being developed and will be launched later this year. Anyone interested in being involved should get in contact via info@dumfriescurling.co.uk.