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Garvagh Tug Of War Club to Represent Northern Ireland in the British and Irish Championships

Garvagh Tug Of War Club to Represent Northern Ireland in the British and Irish Championships.

After the recent Northern Ireland Outdoor Championships, Garvagh Tug of War Club is to represent Northern Ireland A Team in the upcoming British and Irish Championships, with Bancran representing Northern Ireland B. 

“We had some strong competition across the events, but both teams are delighted that their training and practice led them to success, giving them the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland. The championships showcase the strength, teamwork, and skill of the participating teams, and we’re excited to see what they can achieve.” (Noel Hara, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Tug of War Association)

The Garvagh team will be keen to build upon their success at the Championships last year. Representing  Northern Ireland B the team secured second place in the 600kg. Bancran will also be hoping to bring home medals, as they took third in the championships in Wales last August.  

The Championships will be held on the 12th and 13th of August at Morriston Playing Fields in Elgin, Scotland, with competitions getting underway from 9.30am on both days. There are light and heavy categories for both women and men, and a mixed event with teams made up of four men and four women. Junior events will also be held.

On Day One the national closed competitions are held but on day two it’s an open club event. There are finals on both days so we can expect high drama as there will be teams from all over the UK and Ireland competing in an ultimate show of strength, technique, and agility.

Northern Ireland boasts a number of former and current world champions in the sport with more up and coming young stars hoping to pull their way to victory at this year’s contest. Our local teams have competed all over the world for the best part of 60 years and during that time have brought home a considerable amount of medals and trophies.

The Northern Ireland Tug Of War Association is the governing body for tug of war in Northern Ireland and is keen to emphasise the positive side of Tug of War as a true team sport that is open and accessible to all.

“We are always looking to encourage new teams and individuals (male and female) of all ages into the sport, so if anyone locally wishes to give tug of war a go, then they should get in touch with us to find out how to join in with a training session.”

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Maurice Bradley