CLACKMANNAN'S Steven Cunningham will skip for his country in an international contest with Canada.

He will lead Team Scotland – consisting of Jim Gales MBE of Springfield, Jim Thomson of Millport and Bob Drysdale of Tayport – to Hamilton, Ontario, on March 27.

It is the inaugural International Curling Challenge Cup, established to give competitive action to disabled curlers.

It will be played over one week and consists of matches between blind, vision impaired and disabled curlers from both nations, as well as exhibition games, alongside able bodied curlers.

Around eight games will be played at the Simcoe & Granite ice rinks, over six days, and will involve people with all types of disabilities.

Disabled Curlers Scotland is the only curling group in the world to involve and encourage anyone with any type of disability, and of any age, to take up the game.

Skip Cunningham said: “We sent three vision impaired curlers over to Winnipeg in 2010 to experience curling tourni’s, but this will be our first team effort and against some good players from Ontario.

"As in 2010, we have sourced our own funding for this trip, through Disabled Curlers Scotland, and have received some fantastic support.

"We obviously want to play well at this event, but primarily this trip is to promote curling for the disabled."