Pri­ory Park gear­ing up for pull of Cham­pi­onships

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TUG OF WAR

THE Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Outdoor Tug of War Cham­pi­onships are just days away now, with the event tak­ing place on Satur­day 18th June at Mac­cles­field Rugby Club’s Pri­ory Park ground in Mac­cles­field.

Tug of war teams from all over Eng­land will be tak­ing part in the event, which will see teams com­pet­ing for the gold, sil­ver and bronze medals in mens weight cat­e­gories, ladies weight cat­e­gories, and ju­nior weight cat­e­gories. There will also be a mixed gen­der weight class up for grabs, with teams con­sist­ing of four men and four ladies each.

The event is be­ing or­gan­ised by the English Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion (TOWA) and the Mac­cles­field Rugby Club, and each tug of war team will con­sist of 8 pullers. The event is be­ing or­gan­ised in weight classes, with teams weigh­ing in the night be­fore the event. Each team is not al­lowed to ex­ceed the weight limit for each weight class.

The win­ning teams from the dif­fer­ent weight classes that are held at the na­tional cham­pi­onships will go on to rep­re­sent Eng­land at the World Outdoor Tug of War Cham­pi­onships, which take place in Malmo, Swe­den in Septem­ber

Among the teams com­pet­ing will be Norton Tug of War Club from Stafford­shire and Lin­coln Tug of War Club who each won three weight classes on of­fer at the 2015 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships. Lin­coln later went on to win the Euro­pean 720kg ti­tle at the 2015 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

Lo­cal in­ter­est in the event will come from Bosley Tug of War Club, who will be look­ing to im­prove on the bronze medal won at the 2015 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships that were held in Yeovil.

“We are very much look­ing for­ward to the na­tional tug of war cham­pi­onships in Mac­cles­field this year”. Com­mented TOWA spokesman Alan Knott.

“We will have teams that have won World and Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship medals tak­ing part at the event, which should make for a very ex­cit­ing cham­pi­onship. English teams boast a proud record at in­ter­na­tional tug of war, with Eng­land hav­ing won many gold, sil­ver and bronze medals over the past 50 years”

“The World outdoor tug of war cham­pi­onships take place in Malmo, Swe­den in Septem­ber, so this event will be used to se­lect the teams that rep­re­sent Eng­land at the World Cham­pi­onships.

“Tug of war is a true team sport. The ethics or de­ter­mi­na­tion, hard work, sports­man­ship, and friend­ship are un­ri­valled in any other sport. We hope that peo­ple come along to watch the tug of war cham­pi­onship at Mac­cles­field Rugby Club 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”.

The cham­pi­onships on Satur­day 18th June 2016 start at 10.00am and will run through­out the day. En­trance to the event is free for spec­ta­tors.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit the Tug of War As­so­ci­a­tion web site at www.tu­gofwar.co.uk.

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