The sports didn’t stop when the last Paralympic event finished last year.
This weekend at Braehead Arena the Star Refrigeration National Wheelchair Pairs Curling Championships will be played out. On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November 2013, teams from across Scotland will assemble to battle on ice. They’ll range from top of the range Paralympians to amateur curlers.
This year, 16 pairs will take part. From 9.30am on Saturday till 5pm there will be 24 games. Successful competitors will qualify for Sunday’s “high-road” and “low-road” semi-finals, where there will be a further 12 determining matches before the finals begin at 1.15pm
The 2013 Championship will be the first for Scottish Wheelchair Curlers Association’s Chairperson, David Morgan, who said: ‘We are always delighted to have spectators and we would welcome anyone who wants to come along to the event.’
Star Refrigeration continues their sponsorship of the popular event for the sixth consecutive year. The Glasgow-based industrial refrigeration company has established itself as the market leader in ice systems for the UK leisure industry, having previously completed projects for ice rinks in Aberdeen, Solihull and North Ashfield.
Alan Walkinshaw, Star’s Director of Sales – Processes, said: ‘Star is thrilled to sponsor this curling event as part of our commitment with the ice and leisure industry. We were delighted when the Scottish Wheelchair Curling Association accepted our sponsorship of their annual National Wheelchair Curling Pairs Championship – and even named the event after us.
‘The skill and camaraderie of the athletes competing at this weekend Championship is always an inspiration. I will be there for the competition and prize giving as usual – I am looking forward to it, and wish all participants the best of luck.’
The event is free and open to all sporting fans. The draw can be found here. (Link: http://competitions.royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Star-Refrigeration-National-Pairs-Draw-2013.pdf)
Anyone wanting to watch the ‘slice’ of the aircraft carrier starting its long journey by barge to Rosyth, should get a good view tomorrow – Tuesday 16 August.
The barge is due to leave BAE System’s Govan Yard around 1pm. Prime points to watch would be at Glasgow Harbour where there is a public footpath along the riverside. But there will be good views, too, from Braehead and the Erskine Bridge.
The yard itself, is not open to the public.
A commuter waterbus service brings back a boat to the River Clyde in Glasgow on a regular daily basis.
In time for Easter, the Motor Vessel Silver Swan, will ply the River from Yoker to Braehead to the Science Centre to the Broomielaw pontoon behind the casino. Purpose built for Clydelink, the little launch and the sister ship MV Island Trader which serves the Yoker crossing exclusively, are part of a quarter million pound investment in the future of the River by Silvers Marine of Roseneath.
Said Managing Director Mark Aikman: ‘I have a passion for boats on the River and believe where there is more traffic, more people will use the river and that makes good business sense.’
Clydelink was formed last year with only three days notice to fill the gap left by SPTon the closure of the Renfrew ferry link. ‘We’ve carried 100.000 passengers and made a small profit there,’ declared Mark. ‘We have two more vessels in the pipeline and they will be ready soon.’
The new service to the heart of Glasgow has enabled the company to take on two apprentices. Said Scott Cairns (22) who is one of them: ‘I’ve always wanted to do this. It’s brilliant I’m getting this chance.’ His skipper Paul Malone (22) added: ‘Now people can see what they’ve been missing.’
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One Pope has already visited Glasgow. And another Pope is on his way here.
This Pope, however, does not hail from the Vatican City but will instead be representing Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling and plans to tear the house down at the Glasgow Braehead Arena for the Maximum Impact tour on Thursday 27 January.
The Pope D’angelo Dinero is looking forward to returning to Glasgow for the third successive year. “I assure my fans and congregation in Glasgow, Manchester and London, they will have an experience like no other! When The Pope and TNA arrive in the United Kingdom there will be a lot of good times – fans should come out and enjoy the live action that TNA provides.
“The fan interaction aspect at a TNA live event is something fans won’t experience with any other company in the business. We are a very fan friendly organisation.
“As much as they value our entertainment, we value their support and we show that when we perform each night.”
TNA have visited the UK for the Maximum Impact tours twice before and have had sell out crowds at all their venues. The Pope doesn’t see this time being any different – and doesn’t think it will be long before we see an episode of Impact! filmed on these shores and even a UK Pay Per View (PPV)
“I can definitely see a pay per view going down in the UK – I can see Dixie Carter (owner of TNA) and TNA management getting something together and think that a UK PPV is very likely,’ he told me.
“As for an episode of Impact being filmed in the UK, I think there is a big possibility – but I think first we will have to film episodes of Impact across America first.”
This is set to be the most star studded Maximum Impact tour to date with grappling legends Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair now part of the company as well as Mr. Anderson, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and The Pope D’angelo Dinero who is enjoying working with these wrestling greats.
“I grew up watching the likes of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. So to be working with two of the legends in the wrestling world is a great pleasure.
“Hulk Hogan and Eric Bishoff have great wrestling minds – what they bring to the business is unquestionable, you can not deny their knowledge of the business.”
The stars of TNA are coming to the UK for the Maximum iMPACT! 2011 Tour in Glasgow (Thursday 27 January), Manchester (28 January) and London (29 January).
For more information go to tnawrestling.com
World class wrestlers will come crashing to an arena near you soon! The WWE DX Invasion Tour and Undertaker’s Rest in Peace Tour are heading for Braehead Arena on Wednesday 5 November.
Presented by Honey Monster, this is one of 14 dates in November in the UK and Ireland.
Tickets are selling out fast but thanks to WWE, we have six pairs of tickets – worth £100 a pair - to give away to six lucky readers for the big event at Braehead Arena.
With scores to be settled and championships on the line this will be a superb show. See your favourite WWE Superstars from RAW, SmackDown and ECW, including John Cena, Randy Orton, the Undertaker and CM Punk, plus many more, as they take to the stage. See wwe.com for full details.
For your chance to win this highly sought after prize, just tell us which one of the line-up of wrestlers named here is your favourite? Send your answers online to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am on Tuesday 3 November. Or send your entries to WWE Competition, LOCAL NEWS, Yam Publications Ltd, 73 Robertson Street, Glasgow G2 8QD. Remember to include your name, address and a daytime telephone number.
If you’re not one of our lucky winners, then call 0870 735 5000 or go to bookingsdirect.com or ticketline.co.uk to buy tickets and don’t forget to tune into WWE Survivor Series later this month, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office on Sunday night, 22 November 22 at 1am.