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Inverness to host top wheelchair curling event

By Will Clark

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TEAMS from across the UK will be in Inverness for the eighth Highland Wheelchair Curling Triples.

Highland Wheelchair Curling Triples is now in its eighth year in Inverness.
Highland Wheelchair Curling Triples is now in its eighth year in Inverness.

The three-day event, which is being hosted by Highland Wheelchair Curling Club at the Inverness Ice Centre, has attracted around 30 curlers of all ages and from as far afield as Newcastle.

Established in 2012, the event is now an established date in the wheelchair curling calendar.

The competition begins on Tuesday when guest piper Scott Manson will pipe the curlers onto the ice.

City of Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael will then deliver the first stone to officially open the event with World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness also in attendance.

Highland Wheelchair Curling Club secretary Mo Simpson said:"Our event is attracting new blood from grass roots wheelchair curling every year, it is great to see so many new faces come to the Highlands to take part.

"As well as wheelchair curlers from all over Scotland, there are two teams from the North of England and two new teams from Stirling and Stranraer competing, in what we think, is a unique event in the Wheelchair Curling calendar."

Last year, Ian Donaldson, David Hogg and Owen Streeter lifted the silverware.

On Wednesday, Highland Council will host a civic reception for the curlers, assistants, sponsors and volunteers at Lochardil House Hotel.

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