Dumfries curlers set sights on World Record
Ten Dumfries curlers are aiming high and looking to set a new world record for the longest continuous curling match (the record currently stands at 57hours and 44secs). The game will commence this Thursday 1st March at 10am with the record looking to be broken around 6pm-8pm on Saturday 3rd March. All going well the team will then be looking to power through to Sunday to reach the squad’s target of 72hours.
Curling Development Officer Graham Sloan said “We only started looking in to the possibility of attempting the World Record a few months ago and it has been snowballing ever since. There is a real buzz around the Ice Bowl and the team has been receiving great amounts of support and help from the facility and local curlers.”
The team are looking to raise funds during the attempt to help develop curling at Dumfries Ice Bowl and around the region. Funds will go towards developing the junior section and general curling facilities along with upgrading the current stones, the latter providing competition standard which would allow the Ice Bowl to start bidding for National and International events. This would have a positive effect on the region with more people visiting the area while at competitions. Scottish and European Championships would certainly be on the facility radar.
The record attempt will see two teams of five playing against each other. The teams will compete four against four on the ice with the fifth player rotating in when someone requires a rest. Teams will generate a five minute break for every fully completed hour. These breaks can be accumulated during the event to allow longer breaks for meals, toilet stops or power naps.
The ten man squad includes Graham Sloan, David Owen, Scott Robertson, James Findlay, Graham Black, Ruariadh Whyte, Duncan gracie, Stuart Henderson, Neil Henderson and Chris Jardine.
Graham said “it’s going to be an almighty effort from the guys but we are all full of confidence and can’t wait to get started. There is a great amount of respect and friendship in the teams which will be vital in keeping the moral up once we get started. As one of our main aims is to raise the profile of Curling within Dumfries Ice Bowl we would like to invite anyone who might be interested in coming down during the four days to watch or even get the chance to have a go on the ice playing alongside the Record Attempt Teams. Coaches will be on hand to give those who have never been on the ice before a hand. Fundraising challenges like draw the button will take place with lots of prizes up for grabs. Everyone can get involved and your support would be much appreciated so why not come down and see what’s going on”
The team would also like to thank Loudmouth Golf for sponsoring the team with Trousers for the event. For further details on the event and how to get involved please contact the Ice Bowl on 01387 251 300 or go straight to our website at www.curlingworldrecord.co.uk