Atkinson leaves for new life in France

DAVID Atkinson leaves a for a new life in France tomorrow with the woman he met through Cumberland wrestling.

He is moving to Saint Brieuc in Brittany to live with his French girlfriend Celine, whom he met in Carlisle three years ago when she and compatriot Sylvain Begoc, a wrestling coach, came to study in the city. David, 22, of Denton Holme, Carlisle, was recently crowned backhold champion at the European Championships of Celtic Wrestling in Sardinia, where he was wrestler of the tournament. He said: I met Celine when she and Sylvain got involved with wrestling in Cumbria. I am looking forward to my new life in France. I will try to get some backhold wrestling going over there and I will also be trying to get a coaching qualification in Breton wrestling.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (May 4th 2011)

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