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Top wheelchair curling event comes to Stranraer

A major curling event is being held in Stranraer this weekend.

The national wheelchair curling pairs features teams from Scotland and England. Some have competed for Team GB and the Paralympics squad.

Sixteen pairs will be taking part, at Stranraer Curling Club, on Saturday and Sunday. It's the first time it has hosted the event.

Competitors at the national wheelchair curling pairs Credit: John McClelland

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Olympic silver medalist launches curling foundation

Lockerbie's World Champion and Olympic silver medal-winning curler David Murdoch has launched a new programme, to promote the sport among young people. Named after his late father, the Matt Murdoch foundation will fund young Scottish curlers to have access to some of the best training facilities and coaches in the world.

we really put ourselves on a big stage with the Olympics with huge success, everyone got really involved with it and we want more people to become involved"

– David Murdoch

Curling foundation launched in memory of David Murdoch's father

David Murdoch in Great Britain's Olympic Gold medal match against Canada. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Today former World Champion and Olympic silver medallist David Murdoch is launching a Youth Curling Foundation in memory of his late father Matt.

The curler, from Lockerbie, says it's aimed at helping and encouraging more young people to get involved with the sport his family is so passionate about.

National honour for Dumfries curler

Sophie Jackson. Credit: Brydone Images

Dumfries curler Sophie Jackson has claimed her first Scottish Championship title and will now head to Switzerland in September to represent Scotland at the World Championships.

She'll be joined by Bobby Lammie from Stranraer who qualified as part of the same team.

Sophie, who trains at Dumfries Ice Bowl, has played in both the Junior Scottish and Ladies Scottish Championships this year, and has now added the Scottish Mixed Champion title to her collection of honours .

The Scottish Mixed Championships were held in Aberdeen with teams made up of two male and two female players.

Sophie and Bobby played in team Bryce. Team Bryce had been in dominant form all weekend and this continued in the final.

Their victory means Sophie and Bobby have qualified for the first ever World Mixed Curling Championship, taking place from 12- 19 September 2015 in Bern, Switzerland.

Sophie Jackson and Bobby Lammie in action Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

“I am honoured and delighted to have the chance to represent Team Scotland at these championships and also, be an ambassador for Dumfries Young Curlers, Dumfries Ice Bowl and Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association.”

– Sophie Jackson

CCTV released after Dumfries museum theft

One of the men pictured in the CCTV was wearing a distinctive hoody Credit: Police Scotland

Police Scotland have released CCTV images of three men they want to speak to in connection with the break-in and theft of curling memorabilia from the Dumfries Museum on Wednesday 30 April.

Police Scotland would like to speak to these three men in connection with the incident Credit: Police Scotland

The three men are seen in the museum at just after 10pm on that night.

A reward has now been put up by Rhona Martin MBE, whose 2002 Winter Olympics gold medal for curling was one of the items stolen in the raid.

Rhona Martin's gold medal was one of the items stolen in the raid Credit: Police Scotland

Anyone who has information that could help police should contact Police Scotland or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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World Curling Championships attracted thousands

Over the last seven days the eyes of the curling world have been firmly set on Dumfries.

The world seniors and mixed doubles championships have attracted thousands of tourists and brought in millions of pounds to the local economy.

And to top it all off - the ladies Scotland team brought home the Gold.

Lori Carnochan has been catching up with the action:

Curling champions wave goodbye to Dumfries

The week-long competition comes to an end Credit: ITV Border

The senior and mixed doubles world curling championships draw to a close in Dumfries today.

More than 300 competitors from 34 countries, including Romania and Brazil, have taken to the ice over the past seven days.

Around 15,000 spectators have enjoyed the action from both competitions at the ice-bowl and the event has been a huge boost for the town's economy.

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