Lakeland Sports person Trophy Presentation for 2004

THE Lakeland Sports Promoters Association presented the Lakeland Sports person Trophy for 2004 to David Atkinson of Carlisle at a luncheon at Heaves Hotel, Near Kendal.

Atkinson's name has thus been added to list of 40 or so names on the silver shields encircling the base, which reads as a Who's Who of the runners of track and fell, jumpers, and wrestlers who have dominated the traditional Lake District sports meetings since 1965. David Atkinson won because of his wrestling exploits at three of the biggest events on the calendar: Ambleside Sports, Grasmere Sports and the Westmorland Show. At Ambleside he had a double win at 12 stones and 14 stones. At Grasmere he was stunned to lose the final of the 13 stones to a young club-mate, Richard Fox, but harnessed that emotion to storm away with the 14 stones. At the Westmorland Show he won his own weight, the 12 stones, and then figured in the prizes for two heavier categories.The citation of his prowess dwelt also on the clean and spectacular style of his wrestling, his sportsmanship and the contribution he makes as a coach.

Graham Brocklebank, the winner of the Junior Sportsperson's Trophy, is keeping up a family tradition, for his grandfather, Wilf, won the senior trophy in 1972. He had eight first places in LSPA events in 2004. He was commended for his technical skill, his determined attitude. His cousin, Tracey Hodgson of Dent, is the first wrestler to win the Girl's section, simply because separate competitions for girls have only recently been added to the wrestling agenda. On the day that her father, Trevor won the Heavyweights at Grasmere, Tracey won at both Under 15 and at Under 18 Years.

No runners dominated their classes in the same way that the wrestlers did, but Tom Doyle won the U12 trophy, David Shepherd won the U18, with veteran Matt McMahon was runner-up to David Atkinson for the main trophy.

Two special events will bring Cumberland and Westmorland wrestlers together this week-end. Tomorrow night at Bootle Station, Waberthwaite Academy will defend the Academy Shield against teams from Kendal Carlisle and Minthorpe (weigh-in at 7.30pm). On Sunday night at Currock House, Carlisle, (starting 7pm), a slide show with images from 25 2004 wrestling events will be the main focus of a social evening which is open to all.

CDs, photographs, clothing and books will be on sale with profits going to the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association

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

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