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Much discussion at the Annual General Meeting of the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association focused on money matters and weight. Our wrestling survives on subsistence level finances, with the accounts near balancing point because of occasional donations rather than regular income. A membership drive, a bigger, season-long raffle, and corporate sponsorship were all mooted. Money helps, but it is the wrestlers who keep our sport alive and full credit was given to the younger generation of wrestlers who added so much to the season last year. Concern was expressed about two aspects of youth wrestling: the lack of  weights competitions for the lighter youths, and the problem of mismatches.


Our wrestling is proudly “Open to the world”, but that sometimes means that tiny tots meet up with young giants in the age competitions. Safety is an issue, though the big’uns almost always handle the littl’uns with care and consideration, but there is the more insidious issue of the image of the sport. If we want our sport to be taken seriously, then mismatches undermine that aim. The meeting felt that it should be a duty of the referee to stop any unsuitable entries. Where there are tiny tots ready to rumble, then impromptu competitions for them alone would be a crowd-pleasing answer.



The wider weight problem of satisfying the needs of skilful lightweight boys and girls who were always competing at a significant disadvantage in age categories came to the conclusion that where possible junior categories should be more diverse. Although each event chooses its own competitions there was a consensus that weights such as Under 15 years/8stones and U18/10st should be pushed at the major events. There was also a suggestion that simply having light weights such as 7st or 9st, without age stipulation, would encourage more participation.

Alan Coulthard stepped down as the CWWA President and I was voted in for another stint in the position. Joe Harrington is the new Vice-President.

Any sports meeting wishing to host a CWWA Championship needs to apply in writing to the secretary by March 30th.


THE LAKELAND SPORTS PROMOTERS ASSOCIATION list of events is published with the first two, Killington and Lowgill, early in June. (CLICK for details)

The LSPA promotes wrestling, track running and fell running, and each year presents the prestigious Lakeland Sports Personality  awards at the end of the season. Any wrestler with ambitions to compete in the qualifying events would find details on the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling association official web-site.



Saturday, 26th March  7.30pm  Waberthwaite Open Night    Weights: 7/9/11/13/AW; Ages: U9/U11/U13/U15/U18


Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (March 25th 2011)

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