New officials appointed at the Annual General Meeting of the CWWA

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After its Annual General Meeting the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association has a new President (Alan Coulthard) a new Life Member (Jimmy Pringle) and a new Governing Board Member (Vernon Cummings). Alan Coulthard had a stellar wrestling career winning championships over a decade, starting with the 12 stones in 1957 and culminating with the All Weights in 1966. Really, though he was a lightweight, holding titles at 10 ½ and 11st in the late fifties, wrestling from Laversadale near Irthington. As a Board member he was part of the team which formulated the coaching system and raised funds to organise international events for the Wrestling Association. Jimmy Pringle almost single-handedly kept wrestling more than afloat in Northumberland in the lean years when there was no academy to cultivate new wrestlers. He was a staunch and forthright member of the Governing Board for many years, and richly deserves the honour bestowed. Now that Rothbury has a thriving academy, it is appropriate that Vernon Cummings was elected to the Governing Board to keep the wrestling flag flying in Northumberland. Potentially, five new Governing Board Members were also enabled by the meeting, which allows each academy to be represented on the committee. This means that active wrestlers could play a full part in the deliberations of the Governing Board of the CWWA.

Junior Points Night trophy winners 2008/9:Richard Dixon, in the blue vest counters John Harrington's hankRichard Dixon of Lessonhall, Wigton, with his three trophies

Carlisle Wrestling Club's final Points Night of the winter season welcomed back Richard Fox after months away in New Zealand . He has obviously eaten well for he did not even try to weigh in at 13 stones. Instead, he came out fresh and powerful in the All Weights. He lost a fall to Joseph Robson in the round-robin , but John Harrington took a fall out of Robson, and, in turn, Richard Fox felled Harrington, so three wrestlers ended up in a wrestle-off. Fox then raised his game and felled the other two to win on the night.

One wrestler stood head and shoulders above the rest over the four Points Nights. Richard Dixon is tall and powerful, yet still weighs in at 11st. His winter form on the mats has been a continuation of his rise and rise through the wrestling ranks in the past year. He went home with all three Senior Trophies for most points gained.Any fan of pie and peas suppers, village halls and wrestling needs to be at Waberthwaite on Saturday 28 th March for their Open Night.

Results:

Carlisle Wrestling Club Senior Points Night

11½ st 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon ; 3, C Naylor; 4, W Storey.

13st 1, R Dixon ; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Carlile; 4, C Naylor.

All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, J Robson; 3, John Harrington; 4, R Dixon

Points Trophy Winners 2008-9

11½ st, R Dixon ; 13st, R Dixon ; All Weights, R Dixon .

Date:

Saturday, 28th March, Waberthwaite Academy Open Night 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (February 10th 2011)

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