Big-hearted international curlers raise over £1k at Bonspiel

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The ice rink at the Elgin Leisure Centre became an international arena for the weekend as curlers from throughout the world competed in the Moray International Bonspiel.

Competitors for the seventh Curling spectacular came from as far afield as the United States – and between them raised over £1100 for the Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children (SNAC).

The Bonspiel was the brainchild of international curler Andy Cameron, who in 2009 decided he wished to bring the enjoyment of his own European trips back to Scotland and his home rink in Elgin.

Such has been the growth in popularity for the event places were fully taken up for this weekend back in January, with 20 teams having signed up to compete over the three-day event.

“It was an amazing weekend and brilliant that people were willing to donate so much money,” Mr Cameron said, adding: “We chose SNAC because a friend of mine has a son with arthritis – I don’t think that it is a condition that many people realise can affect children.”

Over the weekend home teams were joined in the competition by three Norwegian teams as well as curlers from Germany and Holland as well as Canada and the United States.

Also in action were Moray’s Paralympic medal winners Jim Gault and Gregor Ewan. The event was sponsored by the Laichmoray Hotel.

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