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Skaters at the event last year Credit: ITV Border

Preparations are underway at Dumfries Ice Bowl ahead of this weekend's Trophy D’Ecosse Synchronised Skating Championships.

The Council run facility will host the event, which runs from Friday to Sunday, for the fourth consecutive year.

The council says that staff have been working around the clock to build platforms, move rink netting and transform the Curling Lounge into changing areas for the 3 day event.

Over 40 teams are scheduled to attend, which the council claims is good for the economy.

“It helps build the economy, which is a key priority for Dumfries and Galloway Council.

On top of this, it gives residents of our region the chance to watch world class sport on their doorstep, and inspire the next generation of sports stars. Ice sports in particular seem to bring out the best in our people, with gold medal curlers and Great Britain capped Ice hockey players coming from Dumfries and Galloway.

We have lots of local interest in the Trophy D’Ecosse this year so you never know, we may see someone from Dumfries and Galloway skating at a future Winter Olympics.”

– Councillor Colin Smyth, the Council’s Events Champion

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Ice hockey event will boost Dumfries again

Dumfries is preparing for another international ice hockey event, just a few months after a big tournament in December.

The Under 18s world championship will be held at the Dumfries Ice Bowl in March, and businesses are already looking forward to the spin-offs.

Great Britain will be competing against Croatia, Korea, Lithuania, Netherlands and Romania in the event which will take place from the 24th to 30th of March.

In December Dumfries hosted the Under 20s championship.

"We were absolutely delighted with the under 20s championships in December ... it brought in somewhere in the region of £100,000 to the local economy, just on accommodation alone from the teams and the supporters, it gave the region some fantastic publicity internationally, it was covered all over the world, and I think importantly the ice hockey groups saw Dumfries as a real place to host major events like this, so we're really delighted that we've been able to attract another championship."

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council's events champion

"We're coming here to win a medal, we would really really like it to be a gold medal, and I think we've got a team that's more than capable to doing that, but I think when you go into any championship like that, first and foremost, you kind of work your way in, you look to stay in the group, but then you look to push for medals, and of course as I say, really for us, we've never spoken of anything other than a medal."

– Martin Grubb, Head Coach, Great Britain under 18s: