Belfast beck­ons for Bosley boys

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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.tu­

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.

●● Bosley will be in ac­tion in Belfast this week at the Euro­pean Out­door Tug of War Cham­pi­onships

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