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YOUNGSTERS are getting their skates on to enjoy a winter wonderland of sport during the summer.

The Waterfront Leisure Centre is keeping things cool on the ice with a three-in-one session of curling, ice hockey and skating.

Curling coach Brandon McInnes, fresh from a season as an ice-maker in Italy, is hoping to pass on his passion for the sports to young people.

The snow at the centre was finished in three different ways to give youngsters a go at all three pursuits.

Curling expert Brandon says the facility is a huge asset to the area and he wants more people to use it.

He said: “We are uniquely placed at Waterfront with an ice rink and we want to use it to its full potential.

“There is not another ice rink for miles around.

“We offer all 3 sports here and we wanted to give young people a taster session.

“I fell in love with skating and curling after growing up in Greenock and coming to the ice rink all the time.

“Curling is great sport, I started playing when I was 15 and I have loved it ever since. “

Children Hannah Tosh, 13, and Sophie Tosh, 11, were among the kids enjoying a brush with curling.

Coach Brandon gave them some insight into the sport before showing them how to brush the glaciers and deliver points.

Dozens of youngsters joined in the circuit, getting a feel for the ice with some skating instruction from the experts at the Waterfront.

In the ice hockey corner they were shown how to hold the stick and strike the puck.

Inverclyde Leisure now hopes to run more winter sports sessions following the successful initiative.

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