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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-24-09

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European Outdoor Tug of War Championships are taking place in Southport

SOUTHPORT is to hosting the 2017 European Outdoor Tug of War Championships that started on 21 September and runs until 24 September 2017. Contestants at the event. The tournament is open to both male and female teams, who are all competing for gold, silver and bronze medals within different weight categories. The event hosts the World Junior and Under 23 Tug of War Championships.  The event, has attracted over 1500 participants from 20 countries alone, with 83 clubs from the UK. Now its down to sheer power between the teams to find out who has the upper body  strength and the ability to push their legs down into the ground the hardest in order to win.   Alan Knott, spokesman for the English Tug of War Association, who are organising the event on behalf of the Tug of War International Federation (TWIF) said:- "We are delighted that we have been able to secure the European Tug of War Championships in Southport. It gives us a great opportunity of showcasing our sport to a wide audience. We have hosted the European Tug of War Championships (which take place every 2 years) in England before, but this is the very 1st time that we will be bringing a major tug of war competition to Southport. It is a great opportunity for people to see a top level tug of war competition, something which people in the area may not have seen before; there is certainly a lot more to tug of war than what people normally think, and preparing for this event takes weeks, months and years of hard work and preparation. The World Outdoor Tug of War Championships took place in Malmo, Sweden in 2016, and England tug of war teams came away with a silver and a bronze medal from the World Championships. More recently, the multi sport World Games took place in Wroclaw, Poland in July and the Great Britain teams came away with gold and bronze medals, so we are hopeful that we can come away with some European medals on home soil in Southport with the backing of lots of supporters from the area. The Tug of War Association is confident that participants from many countries will extend their stay in the area to go sight seeing or visit:- the various attractions available in Southport and the surrounding areas, so hopefully our participants and spectators will provide a boost for the area during the championship."

Competitions on each day of the event commence at 09.30am and will run through until approximately 17.30pm, and entry to the event will be free for spectators. 

Further information about the sport of tug of war and the Tug of War Association is available on the Tug of War Association's website.


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