Na­tion’s best roped in for big tug con­test

Macclesfield Express - - GROSVENOR CENTRE ROW - KAREN BRIT­TON

TUG of war teams from around the coun­try will weighin at Mac­cles­field when the town hosts the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

Hun­dreds of men and women will take part in the Na­tional Out­door Tug of War cham­pi­onships this sum­mer at Mac­cles­field Rugby Club’s home ground at Pri­ory Park.

Among them will be the Bosley Tug of War Club which orig­i­nated at the site of the wood mill in Bosley which ex­ploded last sum­mer, killing four mill work­ers. The team has an en­vi­able record in the sport.

Alan Knott, sec­re­tary for Bosley Tug of War Club and spokesman for The Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “It’s a great hon­our for Mac­cles­field to host the cham­pi­onships.

“We will have teams that have won World and Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship medals which should make for a very ex­cit­ing cham­pi­onship.

“English teams boast a proud record at tug of war, with Eng­land hav­ing won many gold, sil­ver and bronze medals over the past 50 years. On many oc­ca­sions, lo­cal club Bosley have been the rep­re­sent­ing team that has won th­ese medals.

“We hope peo­ple come along to watch the tug of war cham­pi­onship to give all of our tug of war teams as much sup­port as pos­si­ble. We are sure that there are many in the area that will come out and sup­port their lo­cal team from Bosley.”

Teams will com­pete for gold, sil­ver and bronze medals in mens, ladies and ju­nior weight cat­e­gories. There will also be a mixed gen­der weight class up for grabs. The event is be­ing or­gan­ised by the English Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion (TOWA) in con- ●● MATTHEW Kevin Gib­son, 28, of By­ron’s Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing and crim­i­nal dam­age. He was jailed for 16 weeks. ●● JOANNE Louise Smith, 29, of Beech Lane, Mac­cles­field, ap­peared in court charged with shoplift­ing and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice. She was re­manded to ap­pear at Ch­ester Crown Court on Fe­bru­ary 10. ●● BENE­DICTO Hon­rado Perez, 39, of Cather­ine Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing. He was or­dered to do 60 hours un­paid work, or­dered to pay £60, and given a re­strain­ing or­dered pre­vent­ing him from con­tact­ing his junc­tion with Mac­cles­field Rugby Club and other lo­cal or­gan­is­ers and each tug of war team will con­sist of eight pullers aim­ing to pull a rope four me­tres from its start­ing po­si­tion.

The win­ning teams will go on to rep­re­sent Eng­land at the World Out­door Tug of War Cham­pi­onships in the Malmo, Swe­den in Septem­ber.

The sport was for­merly a part of the Olympic pro­gramme un­til 1920 but was phased out along with other sports.

Alan said: “We hope some day that tug of war will once again be part of the Olympic pro­gramme.

“It is a true team sport and the ethics of de­ter­mi­na­tion, hard work, sports­man­ship, and friend­ship are un­ri­valled in any other sport.”

The cham­pi­onships is on Satur­day, June 18 start­ing at 10am and run­ning through­out the day.

●● Pulling to­gether – Bosley Tug of War team

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