Sunday April 30th - 1.30pm - Hethersgill Vintage Club at Carlisle Airport - U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / Ladies / 12½st / AW.
Wrestlers & Officials to pay at gate and be reimbursed on entry.
In my world, Summer starts this weekend: the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling season begins at Carlisle Airport as part of Hethersgill Vintage Club's Rally. The full calendar of events right up to Alwinton Show and Wasdale Head, and other information, will be available at the Vintage Rally to anyone who wishes to be a member of the Wrestling Association (£20 Seniors; £5 Juniors).
Fifty-seven events have confirmed that they will be holding wrestling as part of their programme. Not surprisingly most are in Cumbria with a good spread in the North, South and West of the county, but with only Appleby Show in the East. Lancashire, Durham and the Borders of Scotland are all well represented, and Northumberland will host eleven events.
CWWA Chairman, Linda Scott, explained laconically in an email "Three of last year's four new events; Appleby Show, Slaley Show and Blackcombe are repeated but no Garstang this year. Keswick Show is back on the list after last year's floods. Sedbergh Gala is cancelled due to lack of organisers. Stanegate Festival is missing a year and Borrowdale is reverting to a basic Sheep Show." Win some; lose some.
Just to spice up the international element an invitation arrived from Frazer Hirsch of the Scottish Wrestling Bond: "Once again I am running our annual training camp which is now in its fourth year and will run from Thursday 3rd of August to Sunday 6th of August. It will consist of 2 days of training sessions in three different styles: Backhold, Glima, Gouren at the moment and if the Spanish come there will be a fourth style Lucha Leonesa. It would be a great pleasure to have a team come from England to take part in this event. The age group is from 14-20 years, but in the past few years there have been some wrestlers in their mid twenties that have attended so it's just a guide."
The success of the recent Austrian trip has led to the possibility of the CWWA hosting the Espoirs European Championships here in 2018. The event is for teams of wrestlers, male and female, aged 16 to 21 years. A sub-committee has been set up to explore dates, venues and funding to see if the idea is viable.
Nearly thirty people from all corners of our wrestling world met for the referees' forum and workshop in Carlisle. The usual suspects were there, but especially welcome was the strong and youthful representation from West Cumbria, and the six women who are making an active contribution to our sport.