The International Ice Hockey Federation Women's Under-18 World Championship (Division 1) Qualifier will be held in Dumfries Ice Bowl, from 27 October to 1st November 2012.
GB will go head to head with China, France, Italy, Kazakhstan and Slovakia for a place in the Division 1 world championship tournament in Switzerland in January 2013.
Dumfries and Galloway Council is the first Scottish ice rink selected to host an International Ice Hockey Federation event. The staging of this event demonstrates a significant progression for Dumfries Ice Bowl, hosting international standard ice hockey in its 20th year of operation.
Five nations from across the world will experience the hospitality and welcome of the residents of Dumfries and Galloway. Local people will have the opportunity to watch the highest standards of international women's hockey.
Councillor Finlay Carson, Dumfries and Galloway Council's Events Champion, said, "This international event is a significant first for Dumfries Icebowl and is hopefully the first of many high profile events attracted to the region, as a direct result of investment in our local sporting facilities."
Ice Hockey UK General secretary, Andy French, said, "We are delighted to be given the opportunity of hosting this tournament in Dumfries, Scotland. It is very exciting for D & G to be the first ice arena to host a International Ice Hockey Federation World championship event. We are thankful for D & G taking on the hosting of this competition in conjunction with IHUK and really look forward to a very exciting tournament. We should remember that the GB team qualified in this competition last year in Italy and gained promotion only to finish in the bottom two of the world championship with Slovakia who are also in this competition, so once again we have something to prove. Come down and join the excitement of 3 games a day and be part of the first ever experience of its kind in Scotland."
Come and support Team GB in this international sporting event on your doorstep, for further information contact Dumfries IceBowl on 01387 251300 or to purchase tickets go direct to www.ticketweb.co.uk