Did you see the Tug of War
World and European Championships?
SOUTHPORT was the host of the European
Championships and World Junior/Under 23 Tug of War Championships that were held
over 21 September to 24 September 2017. Many of you would be surprised to find
out that the event is a properly organised sport, and recognised by the
International Olympic Committee (ICO) and it attracts teams from all over the
world, such as Australia, China, America, Russia and even Scotland! In total 20
countries took part in the event, with over 1500 competitors. It was a
surprisingly interesting event and now we know what it is all about, we hope The
Tug of War
Association return soon...
Below is a list of the medal winners in all of
the different weight classes for the 2 days of International Competitions and 2
days of Club Competitions. We were told that the English teams came away with a
total of 5 medals:- 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze over the 4 days of
competition, as well as some good placings in other weight classes...
Results as follows:-
21/09/2017 - TWIF
Open Competition Results Day 1
Men 680kg Gold Ebersecken (Switzerland) Silver Heure (Netherlands)
Bronze TTV TTV Vallietrekkers (Netherlands) 4th G&B (Ireland).
Under 23 Ladies 500kg Gold Jing Mei (Chinese Taipei) Silver Sins
(Switzerland) Bronze Pfahlbronn (Germany) 4th Gazelles (South Africa).
Under 23 Men 600kg Gold Stans-Oberdorf (Switzerland) Silver TTV
Veenseboys (Netherlands) Bronze Simonswald (Germany) 4th Swellendam
Ladies 520kg Gold Ayrshire (Scotland) Silver Kilroe Ladies(England)
Bronze TTV Gelderswoude (Netherlands) 4th Jing Mei (Chinese Taipei).
Men 56kg Gold Engelberg (Switzerland) Silver Bancran (Northern Ireland)
Bronze Mosnang (Switzerland) 4th Sins (Switzerland).
22/09/2017 - TWIF
Open Competition Results Day 2
► Men 720kg Gold TTV Valleitrekkers
(Netherlands) Silver G&B (Ireland) Bronze TTV Koapman (Netherlands)
4th TTV Gelderswoude (Netherlands).
► Junior Ladies 480kg Gold Drostdy (South
Africa) Silver Dreigau Cymreg (Wales) Bronze Tai Chung (Chinese Taipei)
4th Team ACF (England).
► Junior Men 560kg Gold Oakdale A (South
Africa) Silver Stans-Oberdorf (Switzerland) Bronze Nantou-Shou Shan
(Chinese Taipei) 4th Oakdale B (South Africa).
► Mixed 600kg Gold Kilroe (England) Silver
Loftadalen DK (Sweden) Bronze TTV Eibergen (Netherlands) 4th Wallby
► Ladies 560kg Gold Jing Mei (Chinese
Taipei) Silver Haldon (England) Bronze Wa-Ka (Switzerland) 4th
Gaztedi (Basque Country).
► Men 640kg Gold Ebersecken (Switzerland)
Silver TTV Veenseboys (Netherands) Bronze Engelberg (Switzerland) 4th
TTV Valleitrekkers (Netherlands).
International Results - Day 3
► Men 680kg Gold Netherlands - Silver -
Switzerland - Bronze - Ireland - 4th - Sweden - 5th - Belgium - 6th - England -
7th - Germany - 8th - Basque Country - 9th - Italy - 10th - Poland - 11th -
Latvia - 12th - France.
► Under 23 Ladies 500kg Gold Switzerland
Silver Chinese Taipei Bronze Sweden 4th Germany - 5th - England - 6th
- South Africa - 7th - Wales.
► Under 23 Men 600kg Gold Switzerland
Silver Germany Bronze South Africa 4th Chinese Taipei - 5th - England
- 6th - Belgium - 7th - Netherlands - 8th - Wales.
► Ladies 520kg Gold Sweden Silver
Scotland Bronze Switzerland 4th England - 5th - Netherlands - 6th -
Basque Country - 7th - Wales.
► Men 560kg Gold Switzerland Silver
Basque Country Bronze Northern Ireland 4th England - 5th - Netherlands -
6th - Scotland - 7th - Ireland - 8th - Germany - 9th - Belgium - 10th - Wales.
International Results - Day 4
► Men 720kg Gold Netherlands Silver
Ireland Bronze England 4th Latvia - 5th - Basque Country - 6th - Sweden
- 7th - Italy - 8th - Poland.
► Junior Ladies 480kg Gold South Africa
Silver Wales Bronze Chinese Taipei 4th England
► Junior Men 560kg Gold Switzerland Silver
South Africa Bronze Chinese Taipei 4th Netherlands - 5th - Germany -
6th - Sweden - 7th - Belgium - 8th - England.
► Mixed 600kg Gold England Silver Sweden
Bronze Switzerland 4th Netherlands - 5th - Basque Country - 6th -
Scotland - 7th - Lithuania - 8th - Wales - 9th - Israel - 10th - Latvia.
► Ladies 560kg Gold Swizerland Silver
Sweden Bronze Netherlands 4th Basque Country - 5th - England - 6th -
Scotland - 7th - Wales
► Men 640kg Gold Switzerland Silver
Netherlands Bronze Sweden 4th Basque Country - 5th - Ireland - 6th -
England - 7th - Belgium - 8th - Scotland - 9th Wales - 10th - Italy - 11th -
Alan Knott, who is the Press Officer for The
Tug of War Association said:- "In total, we had 19 countries taking part
in the international competitions and the club event had 80 clubs taking part
from Europe and around the World. We are please to also tell the media that the
event attracted over 1500 people to taking part. The Association is very pleased
with how the event went and it was great to see English teams coming away with
medals. The next big events for World Tug of War takes place in China, in March
2018, for the World Indoor Tug of War Championships, and then Cape Town, South
Africa, in September 2028, for the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships. We
would like to thank, both Southport's Pontins and Sefton Council for their
support in helping us to stage this year's very successful event."
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