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Team GB off to strong start

Team GB got off to a strong start last night as the Women's Ice Hockey World Championship kicked off at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

They beat New Zealand 8-1 in their opening match, a positive start to their campaign.

And the team's coaches, who are twin sisters, want the winning streak to continue, claiming that there's only one medal that they're targeting in this year's tournament.

Other results from the day included Poland winning 10-3 against Croatia, and Kazakhstan beating Korea 2-0.


World Curling Federation "delighted to be heading to Dumfries"

Councillor Finlay Carson, Paula McDonald from Events Scotland and Colin Grahamslaw from the World Curling Federation Credit: ITV News Border

The World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness said:

“We are delighted to be heading to Dumfries for the World Mixed Doubles and Senior Curling Championships in 2014.

“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."

Curling championships a "fantastic achievement for Dumfries and Galloway"

"It is a fantastic achievement for Dumfries and Galloway to be selected to stage such a prestigious event.

"The investment our Council has put into the Dumfries Ice Bowl now allows us to stage World Championship events. Great credit must go to all the Council staff involved in making this possible over the years.

"Financial support in attracting the event will be well invested and assist the Council in delivering one of its key priorities: to support and stimulate our local economy by maximising the tourism potential, economic benefit and legacy from major events.”

– Councillor Finlay Carson

Dumfries to host World Senior Curling Championships

Curlers at Dumfries ice-bowl Credit: ITV News Border

The World Curling Federation and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club have announced that Dumfries will host the World Senior Men's and Women's Curling Championships in 2014.

The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships will also be held at Dumfries ice-bowl.

Over 60 teams from around the world are expected to compete in the three world championships, which will be held between April 22nd and April 29th next year.