Kendal Academy was founded in 1950

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Although the Cumberland and Westmorland Grass Season has already begun with the event at Carlisle Racecourse, there is still a lull between Winter's weekly training sessions and the non-stop intensity of the main programme which runs from May to the end of October. The winter season has been rounded off at Waberthwaite with an Open Night, and at Kendal and Carlisle with the annual presentation of Points Trophies to the wrestlers who have performed best throughout the winter internal competitions.

Two of Kendal Academy's most successful wrestlers, William and Matthew Atkinson with their coach and uncle, John WilsonKendal Academy , founded in 1950, is the oldest club around. It was late in arriving on the scene, but while a dozen or so academies flourished then foundered, it ploughed a lone furrow until Carlisle Wrestling Club rose again from the ashes in 1970. Both academies rely on strong family connections to provide the base for survival. At present, the dominant group is the Wilson/Atkinson family, sons and nephews of the club coach, John Wilson, as a glance at their results confirm. The Hayhurst family was in at the formation of the academy sixty years ago, and it is good to see William Hayhurst doing so well.

Carlisle Wrestling Club Points winners: (l to r) Dawn Gibson, Magan Gibson, Richard Dixon, Thomas Gibson, Jack Brown, and Kieron Miller. At Carlisle , the Gibson family was especially successful with three siblings winning Points Trophies. Paul, their father, newly elected to the CWWA Governing Board, must be proud of Dawn, Megan and Thomas after such a successful winter. Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge was the most prolific winner with three trophies to his name.

During the Summer season, there are more points and trophies to be won. The CWWA tots up all the wins and places for the whole season, and awards Victor Ludorum trophies at its annual dinner. This system rewards persistence and mileage as well as technique. You have to be a winner, but many times. Another set of prestigious trophies is awarded at the end of the season by the Lakeland Sports Promoters Association for runners and wrestlers at its affiliated events, which include the main Lakeland Sports such as Ambleside and Grasmere, and many events in the south of Cumbria .

Its time now to put the finishing touches to the embroidery on the new wrestling strip. The new season is imminent.

Carlisle Wrestling Club Points Winners 2009/10

6st - K Miller; 7st - T Gibson; 8½st - M Gibson; 10st - J Brown; Under 12 Years - T Gibson; Under 15 Years - J Brown; Under 18 Years - J Brown; Girls - D Gibson;  11½ st - R Dixon ; 13st - R Dixon ; All Weights - R Fox.

Kendal Wrestling Academy winners 2009 /10.

Under 8 Years -Harold Wilson; Under 10 Years - George Wilson; Under12 Years - Sam Wilson; Under 12 Years - William Atkinson; Under 15 Years - William Hayhurst; Under 18 Years - Matthew Atkinson; 6st - Sam Wilson; 8st - Sam Wilson; 10st - James Hayhurst; 12st - Matthew Atkinson; 14st - Graham Brocklebank; Heavyweights - Graham Brocklebank; Girls - Connie Hodgson.

Most points in total: Matthew Atkinson.

Most improved wrestler: Geoffrey Hodgson.

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

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