Belfast beckons for Bosley boys
BOSLEY Tug of War Club will be heading out to the European Outdoor Tug of War Championships, which take place this week in Belfast
The event comprises four days of tug of war competitions, with weight classes for mens teams, ladies teams, junior (under 19) teams and under 23 teams.
The first two days of competition are the European Open Club Championships, with the final two days of competition being the International European Championships.
Bosley will be competing in the European Open Club competition in the mens 560kg division tomorrow, having won bronze in this weight class at the Tug of War Association National Championships in June.
The club has been in training since the start of the year for the event, and has been competing at weekly tug of war events all over the country as part of its preparations.
“The team has put an enormous amount of effort into their preparations for this event,” said Tug of War Association spokesman and Bosley puller Alan Knott.
“A lot of commitment to training and teamwork is required to succeed, and our team is fit and ready to compete at the highest level.
“As for our chances, we have a young and enthusiastic team, and competing in the club competition will be a great experience for the lads taking part, as most of our pullers have not competed at an international event before.
“The European Championships for us this year will be all about competing against the best clubs in the world and gaining experience.
“You may not think it, but experience, in addition to strength, stamina, fitness and technique counts for a lot in tug of war, learning how to read what is happening on the rope and judging what the opposition is going to do on the other end to judge when is the best time to attack the opposition.
“This year is the 50th anniversary of the first European Championships, which were held at the Crystal Palace athletics stadium in London.
“It is amazing to think that our club represented England at the first European Championships and won gold that first European Championships, and that our club still competes to this day.
“Whilst winning a medal this time will be a challenge, we hope that with everything that has happened in our village this year, we will do Bosley proud, no matter what the final result is.
“The event is being broadcast live on the internet, so we hope everyone from Bosley and the surrounding area will log on and support us.”
The European Championships will be streamed live on the internet on each day of competition from tomorrow to Sunday inclusive. Coverage will start at 9.30am on each day and can be watched for free via the Tug of War Association web site at www.tugofwar.co.uk.
The 560kg club competition takes place tomorrow from 1pm.
The international events take place on both Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am.
Further information about Bosley Tug of War Club is available at www. bosleytugofwar. co.uk.
●● Bosley will be in action in Belfast this week at the European Outdoor Tug of War Championships