Provost Moonie (centre) with Andrew Kerr, Chairman of Ayrshire Ice Sports Ltd and President of the Ayrshire Province Royal Caledonian Curling Club (left) and Bruno Schellberger, To
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie welcomed a touring team of Swiss curlers to Ayr ice rink when they took part in the established Scottish and Swiss curling teams challenge. Strong ties have been established between the Scottish and Swiss curlers as teams from their countries have alternating five year visits between their countries to challenge each other on the ice.
Ayr ice rink is now run by the new Ayrshire Ice Sports Limited, a not for profit company, and this marks the start of an exciting new era for the rink and ice sports in this part of the country. The rink has been a springboard for many junior curlers, including Scott Andrews, originally from Prestwick, who gained a silver medal in the Winter Olympics at Sochi, his Olympic debut, and he has inspired others to take up curling.
Sporting events such as the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Commonwealth Games have got more people involved in sports and motivated them to be healthier and more active.
Lots of children are being introduced to curling thanks to closer links with schools, and they are also taking part in other ice sports with local figure skaters achieving national recognition and growing numbers of young people playing ice hockey each weekend.