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There was a lot of laughter in Locharbriggs Community Centre on Saturday morning when members of the SWI from across Dumfriesshire met for the Ruralympics competition. There were 11 teams representing their “Rurals”. This was olympics, paralympics and special olympics rolled into one.

There were 6 activities and each team had 3 minutes to gain as many points as possible.

There were tests of coordination, concentration and team work but the main aim was to have a fun filled time to socialise and this was fully achieved. The games were ping pong keepie uppie, hockey ball dribble, basket ball bounce passing, catching hoopla rings, indoor curling and walking with a plate balancing on the head. A lot of skill was needed. Mina Telfer was thanked for her super efforts to organise and supervise the games.

A soup and filled roll lunch followed by tea/coffee with home baked goodies was provided by a team led by Linda McMinn. The points were added up and there was a tie breaker curling competition for third place.

President Helen Braid awarded the medals to the winning teams as follows.

First. WAMPHRAY; Ellie Laidlaw, Lorna Bell, Judith Wilson, Sheila Thomson.

Second CANONBIE; Nicola Donald, Pam Bell, Elizabeth Kinstrey, Maureen


Third KIRKMAHOE; Doreen Martin, Enid Graham, Emma Johnstone, Margaret


Mima Telfer offered a vote of thanks to the many people who had worked to

ensure the success on the day and she was thanked for her key role.

Canonbie go on to the national competition based on winning in 2020 and were

wished best of luck.

This was a great event as part of moving on from lock down.

Norah Muirhead, Press Secretary

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