Ruralympics reaches Ayrshire as SWRI members reveal they are game for a laugh

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The ladies of Ayrshire Scottish Women’s Rural Institute are warming up for the final of a sporting event with an Olympic theme.

The SWRI is gearing up to hold the national final of its Ruralympics – a sports tournament that pits members against each other in a battle of skill and dexterity - and 2012 will mark the first time that Ayrshire has taken part.

This year’s final will take place at Bells Sports Centre, Perth on October 6, 2012, and some of the more unusual sports will include magnetic and Velcro darts, beanbag throwing, skittles, hoola-hoop passing, indoor putting, hockey dribbling, basketball and football.

Isobel Robertson, national chairman of SWRI, said Ruralympics has become a firm favourite with the SWRI’s 20,000 members up and down the country. “Ruralympics may not boast the same household names and international athletes of London 2012, but the event has just as much excitement and a brilliant atmosphere,” she said.

“Many of our members are very proficient sportswomen, but the aim of Ruralympics is to allow members of all abilities to come together and take part in sports and activities in a fun and social way. Some teams will win, some teams will lose, but everyone has lots of laughs along the way.”

Finalists will be whittled down following a series of inter-institute heats taking place across the SWRI’s 33 Federations from Shetland to Wigtownshire. Each Federation is able to submit one team of four members.

Ruralympics is open to spectators, and members of the public and travelling supporters are welcome to attend and help cheer their favourite team to victory.

Further information about the SWRI can be found at, by telephoning headquarters on 0131 225 1724, or by emailing