Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling World Championship Venues for 2012

NEWS UPDATE

All Weights................................... Langholm Show .......................22nd September
15 Stone ....................................Cumberland Show................................... 9th June
14 Stone .........................................Skelton Show ......................................7th July
13 Stone.....................................Egremont Crab Fair ......................15th September
12 Stone ..........................................Eskdale Show ..........................29th September
11 Stone .........................................Silloth Carnival .............................27th August
10½ Stone........................................Gosforth Show ..............................18th August
Under 18 Years ...........................Hethersgill Vintage .................................6th May
Under 18 Years / 10 Stone ...............Dalston Show ................................11th August
Under 15 Years ..............................Ennerdale Show...............................29th August
Under 15 Years / 8 Stone ..............Killington Sports ...................................7th June

The CWWA All Weights Championship, the hardest to win, is allocated to Langholm Show just over the Border into Scotland. The Wrestling Association at present has three affiliated events in Scotland, and strangely enough two are on the same field at Langholm: the horse racing and sports meeting of the Common Riding takes place at the end of July; the Agricultural Show, which hosts the championship, is in the twilight of the Grass Season at the end of September. Sometimes known as Eskdale Show, it usually clashes with the Eskdale Show in the far West of Cumbria, but fortunately this year, their date formulae put them on different weekends, and the 12st men can have their championship day without a clash of venues.

The 11st Championship should be a lively affair this year, for not only do we have a good crop of top wrestlers breaking through into adult wrestling, but it will take place at Silloth Carnival when the Bretons are likely to be here in force, and many of their wrestlers are perfect for that weight.

Wrestlers can now plan when to lose weight for the various championships, but age can not be varied, and that means that David Miller, a likely contender, will have had too many birthdays.

Most wrestling events are promoted by agricultural shows, and that is the case with the championships, too, with seven of the eleven events at shows. Venues range from the huge spread of the Cumberland County Show, filling Carlisle Racecourse, to the hidden sheep show in a lost valley in West Cumbria which is Ennerdale Show. Ennerdale is a bit of a hybrid as it also hosts children's sports, fell running, and houndtrailing.

The other four events range from a huge Vintage Rally at Carlisle airport under the auspices of the Hethersgill Vintage Society; a traditional village sports meeting at Killington, when the whole world attends until well after darkness; Silloth Carnival is a rarity these days both in its entertainment and urban setting; and the wrestling at Egremont Crab Fair is part of a long day's programme of climbing the greasy pole, fell running, hound trailing, gurning, drinking and ferret fancying.

Calling all referees

a big presence in the ring: referee Joe Harrington in charge at Penrith Show Active refereeing: John Wilson keeps things safe at the Cumberland Show

 

The Wrestling Association is holding an important meeting for referees at Carlisle Rugby Club (7.30pm, Friday 20th April). The role of our referees has changed basically in the last few years, and there is a constant need for consistency and good practice. Old Fred from down the pub can no longer have his ten minutes of fame refereeing at the local show. The Association has a list of approved referees, and this year for the first time they will be allocated centrally by the CWWA, so that the position does not become monopolised by the few. To back up its determination to improve refereeing standards, the Board expects attendance at the referees meeting each year, and those missing two will automatically drop from the list until they attend again.

Each referee will be formally assessed each season and informally advised, as necessary. Who on earth is qualified to be an assessor? Well, we will not know until next week, for the referees attending the meeting will choose three wise men to do the job. This is a master-stroke, for the assessors are not flown in from a different authoritarian world, but are those most respected by their peers.

The route into refereeing is through taking charge of Junior wrestling and then moving up to take charge of the Seniors. All referees on the CWWA list, both Junior and Senior, should attend, but the meeting is also open to anyone who is interested in officiating.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2012)

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