London 2012 : ‘You cannot put a price on Olympic gold,’ says Rafael Nadal

If you thought Rafael Nadal was slipping even just a little, then you should hear him musing on the possibility of achieving something utterly fantastic this summer. For mere tennis mortals, winning one Wimbledon in a career would be a dream fulfilled; here is a man who fancies he could win two Wimbledon singles finals in one glorious month.

By Steven Redgrave

“Sure it’s possible to win both,” the Spaniard tells me without a trace of arrogance as he considers the unique challenge of pursuing a third Wimbledon triumph and then setting out on the defence of his Olympic crown on the same SW19 lawns less than three weeks later.

“Yes, two Wimbledons for me. It’s the best tennis club of the world so to have the chance to enjoy it as usual and then at the Olympics will be something completely different, amazing. Confidence is the most important thing in this sport and the confidence from winning Wimbledon would make it easier to win the Olympics too. Either would be very difficult, both even more — but the player who wins Wimbledon will be the favourite for the Olympics. It can happen.”

Listening to him, I would not put it past this most astonishing of sportsmen. He is so extraordinary that even though he won a sixth French title and reached the finals at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows, losing only to the all-conquering Novak Djokovic who has usurped him as world No1, we somehow perceived 2011 as a disappointing season for him.

Well, here’s the bad news for his rivals: 2012 may just have ushered in a new Nadal, a colossus on a new mission after ending 2011 by helping Spain regain the Davis Cup with a couple of magnificent performances in Seville and now ready to target the annexation of an 11th grand slam title when the Australian Open begins this weekend.

“To be better than ever; that’s what I’m going to try,” he says. “To be ready for 2012, which is going to be a big year for me, and to be a better player than I was in 2011. I want to be better at every moment.” You would expect no less a mission statement from one of the great sportsmen of this or any other generation.

It is fascinating to come face to face with Nadal. He talks with the conviction of the sporting warrior you know he is but, in conversation, he seems almost a little timid. He doesn’t look you in the eye when you are talking, which may perhaps be the automatic defence mechanism of a superstar who has had to live in the public glare since he was a teenager, but he does answer questions openly and courteously.

It had always struck me that he was probably a humble champion, someone who in an oppressive era of superstardom still seemed to exude modesty and sidestep much of the hype. And he does not disappoint in that regard, his politeness and humility being quite striking.

When he talks about his family, you can perhaps understand why. “Sometimes, with stars in sport, what happens is that people around you are telling you everything you’re doing is great. Well, even stars are not doing everything great, doing bad things, so the most important thing is to have people around you who really love you, who are not afraid of telling you the truth, who don’t lie if you’re doing something bad or wrong. And my family do that for me.”

It is great to hear him talking so affectionately of his close-knit Majorcan family — from his uncle Toni, who coaches him, and Toni’s younger brother Miguel Angel, the former Spanish football star who was famed as the ferocious “beast of Barcelona”.

“The physical performance of Miguel Angel is still really impressive today. I practise with him and he’s unbelievable,” smiles Rafa. “My father [Sebastian] is the only one who doesn’t practise sport but he loves it, watching everything on TV. Sport’s in our blood.”

When tennis was first brought back into the Olympics in 1988 after a 64-year gap, I was one of those who felt it shouldn’t be there because it wasn’t a sport in which winning the Olympic gold is the ultimate accolade.

Yet when you listen to Nadal talking about how much it means to him to be Olympic champion, it is hard to feel cynical. He is a multi-millionaire but this gold, he makes it clear, feels quite beyond price. To him, it is a fifth grand slam.

“To me, it’s special, different,” he says. “It’s true we have a fantastic tour, with all the facilities, all the money but the Olympics is the real spirit of sport.

“In the Games, you see a lot of sports that work really hard for that one event. It’s unbelievable; they are not winning money, they are just doing it for passion and for the personal satisfaction. And in my opinion that is what sport really is. It’s the spirit of sacrifice.”

Would he dream of staying outside the Olympic Village during the Games? He sounds incredulous that I would even ask. “No question about that. Everyone’s free to decide what is better for him but I think if you go to the Olympics, you have to stay in the village. If you’re not there, then somehow it’s as if you’re playing a normal tournament — and the Olympics is not a normal tournament. The experience of the Games is the village.”

This is no Olympic tourist. When Nadal won in Spanish colours in Beijing, he felt it one of the most emotional triumphs of his career. No player has ever successfully defended a singles title and in a crowded, competitive calendar, it would be an astonishing achievement.

“For tennis players, what you achieved — to win five Olympic golds in succession, or even four — is impossible,” he tells me. “You would have to be on top for 16 years, it’s too much for a tennis career. Even just playing in four Olympics would be unbelievable. So, if it’s not impossible, well almost.”

Sometimes, though, when you watch Nadal’s incredible physical abilities on a tennis court, his brutal power and all-court athleticism, you feel nothing is impossible for him. What worries me, though, is that, at 25, he is still a young man but has suffered consistently with injuries.

The idea that the sheer pounding physicality of his game is prematurely hammering his body is clearly a contention that wearies him a little. “When you bring your body to its limits, then it’s normal that injuries happen. I usually work a lot on the prevention more than being in the gym, doing weights, but sometimes it is impossible because tennis is a very aggressive sport and we play too much,” he says.

My sporting life was almost a mirror opposite of Rafa’s. I used to train 49 weeks a year and race only six times. “But for us, we have races almost every week,” says Nadal. “The worst part of our sport is that we cannot train, to try to improve our skills as tennis players. We can only practice for the next event.

“That’s something I miss. Because when I was a kid at 14 or 15, I had a chance to work hard and improve specific components of my game — my backhand, my forehand, my serve. You had time then. Today — bang! — there’s no time before you’re back on court to compete.

“I could step back but you cannot afford to stop if you want to be on the top positions of the rankings. That’s the problem. We have pressure every week; if we are not playing, we are losing position. It’s tough, complicated, there are a lot of interests there. I believe that a few things have to change for the future. We have a fantastic tour but we could have an even better one.” Not that regaining the world No 1 spot from Djokovic, who beat him six times last year, is the all-consuming ambition for Nadal any more.

“It’s not my goal. My goal is to be competitive in every tournament, to feel that when I go out on court I can beat everybody and that I’m ready to win the tournament.

“I was No1 before for three years and for me it would make me more happy to win, for example, Wimbledon or the Australian Open, than to be No 1. It’s a different feeling for me today; my priority now is, one, to be healthy and, two, to be a better player than I was last year. If, as a result, that gives me the No 1 spot back, then great but the important thing is to be competitive in the biggest events.”

When he is competitive, what better sight in sport is there? Especially with the stellar standard of competition now lined against him. When I suggest we in Britain have a fixation about at last finding a tennis man to beat the world, Nadal knows the question is coming and smiles: “But you have one already. I say it every year because I really believe that strongly. Andy Murray’s level is really fantastic and he is one of the favourites to win every tournament he plays, including Wimbledon and the Olympics.

“I think he deserves it because he’s been so solid for the last few years. And he’s a a fantastic guy who I like a lot. You put too much pressure on him. Let him keep doing it his way, he’s doing great. He will win that grand slam.”

But here is an indomitable obstacle to his ambition. Before we say our farewells, I ask Rafa if he had a choice between winning Wimbledon or the Olympics this year, which would he plump for? “Wimbledon,” he says, eyebrows arched, after a little pause. Then the grin. “Only because Wimbledon comes first. Then, later, we’ll think of Olympic gold!”


UFC 142: Beached in Rio but no holiday as MMA booms again in Brazil

By Gareth A Davies

The city of Rio is already buzzing ahead of the event this weekend, headlined by a UFC featherweight title fight between champion Aldo, of Rio, and top contender Chad Mendes, and featuring an outstanding middleweight co-main event with former UFC champion Vitor Belfort against rising middleweight prospect Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

Can pocket rocket Chad Mendez trouble UFC champ Jose Aldo ?

The UFC’s return to Rio for the second time inside six months – after an absence of 13 and a half years – could provide more questions than it produces answers. Can the pocket rocket wrestler Chad Mendes pull out the stops and defeat Jose Aldo, in my view sluggish in his last two fights and still to show the depth of his skillset since becoming the UFC’s first 145lb champion.
Aldo looks to defend his title for a fifth consecutive time, which would tie the mark for most consecutive WEC/UFC featherweight title defences. Aldo has gone largely unchallenged since making his debut under the ZUFFA banner, and is currently riding a 13-fight win streak. The Brazilian-born Aldo fights in his native country for the first time since 2007.
Aldo’s most notable wins include recent victories over Kenny Florian, Manny Gamburyan, Mark Hominick and Urijah Faber. Mendes puts his undefeated record on the line in his biggest fight to date. An All-American collegiate wrestler at Cal Poly, Mendes is a training partner of Faber’s at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento. Mendes has won all 11 of his pro fights, with his last four wins coming via decision.
Mendes, accompanied by training partner and former UFC lightweight Justin Buchholz, the 26-year-old wrestling standout from Cal Poly said he has never been better prepared. “I train with some of the best guys in the world,” Mendes, who plans to train in the wee hours of the morning this week to prepare for Saturday’s main starting time of 1 a.m. local time. “Jose Aldo is the champion for a reason, but I’ve never been more ready in my life. Saturday can’t get here soon enough.”

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Featherweight champion Aldo is taking his first fight in Brazil in nearly five years very seriously. Already one of the most versatile fighters in the sport, the 25-year-old Rio resident has enlisted the help of former lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard to help improve his wrestling skills.

Maynard, a standout wrestler at Michigan State University, was happy to oblige and has spent the last three weeks training with the champion at the Nova Uniao gym. “Rio has been a great experience,” Maynard said. “I’ve helped Aldo with his preparations and had the chance to train with guys like (UFC bantamweight) Renan Barao. I’ve learned so much from “Dede” (Nova Uniao owner and renowned trainer André Pederneiras). This has been an awesome experience.”

How will Anthony Johnson fare moving up to middleweight against Vitor Belfort ?

It could be seen as a great move for Johnson, up from welterweight and into his rightful weight division.
The key for Johnson is to impose himself early, weather the storm from Belfort, and look to smother Belfort by taking him down. Belfort is the perfect fight for Johnson to stamp his mark at middleweight, after Johnson had dominant wins over Dan Hardy and Charlie Breneman last year after 17 months out with the meniscus tear on his left knee. But this
is stepping up a different level, and Belfort will be a handful on his return to fight at home in the UFC.

This is an emotional return for Belfort in his home town. “It feels great to be fighting here and I’m happy to welcome my friends from UFC to Rio,” said Belfort, who along with noted nutritionist Mike Dolce, has been in Brazil for several weeks acclimating to the local climate. “I spend a lot of time in Las Vegas training and preparing for fights, but Rio is my home. I’m so motivated for this fight.”

Belfort, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, is 2-1 in the UFC since returning to the Octagon in 2009. Each of Belfort’s last four fights have ended in the first round, posting a 3-1 mark in those matches. Belfort knocked out Yoshihiro Akiyama 1:52 into the first round this past August. This is Johnson’s middleweight debut. The veteran of 10 UFC fights has struggled with his weight in the past, fighting mostly as a welterweight (170 lbs.). Johnson defeated Brenneman via head kick in his last bout back in October.


Can rising star Terry Etim do what fellow British fighter Ross Pearson couldn’t do against Edson Barboza, by beating the Brazilian to propel himself up the highly-competitive lightweight rankings…?

Etim against Barboza could be a classic. Etim needs to keep his cool, but really stamp his mark in this fight.
A fantastic match-up, because Barboza is so highly-rated, and undefeated for 9 contests since debut. Etim could advance his cause in the lightweight division, with a clutch of great match-ups ahead of him, if he
comes out of this contest with colours. Barboza is 3-0 in his UFC career since his debut in November 2010. Barboza scored a split decision victory in his last bout against Ross Pearson this past August. Etim had a successful return in November after not having fought since April 2010, defeating Edward Faaloloto by guillotine choke. Etim has won the UFC’s Submission of the Night award in three of his last four fights. (I will be posting an interview with Colin Heron, Etim’s coach on here on Friday).

Brazilians flourish on main card – with Erick Silva one to keep an eye on.

Mike Massenzio vs Rousimar Palhares (middleweight bout)
Massenzio, 29, 6ft tall, is 2-3 in his UFC career, 3-4 in his last seven with a 13-5 mark overall. Palhares, a submission specialist, has won his last two fights. He’s 6-2 in his UFC career, with his lone losses coming to Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt. Who’s betting against ‘The Tree Stump’ not to get a submission in that one ?

Carlo Prater vs Erick Silva (welterweight bout)
Veteran Prater, 30 a jiu jitsy and luta livre blavk belt, makes his UFC debut. He has won his last four fights, each by submission. Silva makes his second UFC appearance, after winning his UFC debut 40 seconds into the first round with a knockout of Luis Ramos. My view is that Silva is special, and could be one of the figures who makes 2012 a major year for the Brazilians.


Rain showers didn’t stop UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos from testing the waters at Barra de Tijuca beach in Rio. The 27-year-old champion is recovering quickly from recent knee surgery, and will return to defend the title against Alistair Overeem. “My knee feels great and I’m already boxing and strength training,” dos Santos said. “It’s great to be a part of this event in Rio this week. The kids had a great time surfing and I loved being out there with them.”

UFC heavyweight newcomer Ednaldo “Lula” Oliveira, who trains with dos Santos and debuts against veteran Gabriel Gonzaga on Saturday night. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound fighter has knocked out nine opponents in 13 professional wins.

The fans are mad for MMA in Brazil. The card is stacked with Brazilian fighters, 12 Brazilians, four US fighters, two from Canada, one from the UK and Japan:

UFC 142 Main card (Brazil unless stated)

UFC Featherweight Championship:
José Aldo (c) vs. United States Chad Mendes
Middleweight bout: Vitor Belfort vs. United States Anthony Johnson
Middleweight bout: Rousimar Palhares vs. United States Mike Massenzio
Welterweight bout: Erick Silva vs. Carlo Prater
Lightweight bout: Edson Barboza vs. England Terry Etim
Preliminary card
Lightweight bout: Thiago Tavares vs. Canada Sam Stout
Heavyweight bout: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ednaldo Oliveira
Featherweight bout: Yuri Alcantara vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Welterweight bout: Ricardo Funch vs. United States Mike Pyle
Preliminary card (on Facebook)
Featherweight bout: Felipe Arantes vs. Canada Antonio Carvalho


British Wrestling: New Referees take the mat in Derbyshire

6 Referees conducted bouts at the Derbyshire Open held at Wirksworth on 8th October. The competition ran smoothly with 141 wrestlers taking part across 2 mats. Wrestling began at 11am and finished just after 5pm.

The Referees were on their Practical Assessment section of the 2011 Referee Course which began on 2nd October with a Theoretical Day at the British Wrestling Association Academy in Salford, led by Senior Official Dave Sudron.

Derbyshire Open Competition Director Trevor Hoskins was pleased to have the additional help. Said Trevor, “Thanks should go to the novice referees who had the awesome task of refereeing/judging the senior matches. A special thanks to the coaches, parents and competitors who displayed such patience with our new referees!”

Said Official in Charge Tony Phillips, “The Association has needed an influx of new blood into the Referees and Officials and these keen folk will help Wrestling move forward.”

The Referees found the day hard work but enjoyable.



We are pleased to announce that Herculean Sport is organising the first Herculean Mixed Martial Arts Tournament to be held in Britain sometime in 2012 – 2013. Will will hopefully be able to have a press release in December this year, but at the moment what we can tell you is that this event will be the official qualification and test event for a future Grand-Prix style competition.


Extreme Strength & Conditioning

With MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) being more popular in Britain, fighters look for top coaches and trainers. Herculean Sport takes a look at Extreme Strength & Conditioning and coach Barrie Edwards, one man who has got the experience to take committed fighters to the next level.

Based at the Wolfslair MMA Academy in Widnes, Barrie Edwards puts some of the UK’s top fighters through specialized training as they focus on preparation for competing in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Fighters currently based from the Wolfsair MMA Academy include Rampage Jackson, Tom Blackledge and Kurt Warburton.

When Herculean Sport organised the Easter Wrestling Camp for MMA earlier this year through the “HERCULEAN WRESTLING” Project, Barry Edwards was our first and only choice when it came to deciding who to bring in for the conditioning session, due to his experience and growing reputation.

The Coaching Team for the two day wrestling camp included elite wrestlers Myroslav Dykun and Mohammad Ali (MohammadAli Haghighatdoust). Barrie Edwards instructed the conditioning session on the second day of the camp.

Camp Organiser Yousef Alikhasi from Herculean Sport said “When I first visited Barrie at his original gym in Bolton, I already knew that he would probably be able to deliver a decent session, but I must say that afterwards I was impressed by his performance as a coach. He showed that he has a good technical knowledge and also professional in how he implemented the session. He provided a session that complimented and enhanced our overall programme and objectives to provide fighters in this country with Britain’s Premier Wrestling Camp for MMA, he did a really good job actually!”


Wrestler looking forward to next training camp

MohammadAli Haghighatdoust

Herculean Sport spent sometime today with elite wrestler Mohammad Ali (full name MohammadAli Haghighatdoust) at the Wrestling Academy in Manchester. He grew up in the city of Shiraz, Iran and for many years wrestled at the highest level and was part of the Iranian national wrestling team. He travelled around the world training with some of the best of the best, and then in 2006 he arrived in Northern Ireland where he also helped to establish freestyle wrestling across the region.

In the last couple of years Mohammad has settled with his family in Manchester where he continues training at elite level and has also represented Great Britain internationally.

When we entered the sports hall Mohammad was starting his routine evening training session. After his warm up and around 45 minutes of wrestling and then stretches; we had chance to speak to him about what he thinks about the level of training over here in Britain.

“I think that there are many young men and also junior wrestlers in Great Britain that have a lot of potential to get far in the sport. I know it is not as big a sport over here compared to other countries but I think because of the popularity of mixed martial arts and also the Olympic games showing wrestling, maybe there can be more done for the sport I hope”

Mohammad is also one of the main coach’s for this Summer’s Wrestling Camp for Mixed Martial Arts which will be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August in Manchester.

“The camp is going to be good I hope! So far these camps have been a good opportunity for British fighters  to spend time with us and learn from our experience in the sport. Also it is nice that we can put something back into the sport and offer our wrestling technique to help improve the sport in this country. “

The Italian Job! Leon Rattigan Gets The Gold

Well done to British Wrestler Leon Rattigan who won Gold Medal at the weekend. This was an International Tournament hosted in the City of Sassari, Italy. With Greco-Roman, Freestyle and Female wrestling, this was a strong competition in the Fila calendar with wrestlers from around the world coming to compete. Leon looked in good shape before leaving for Italy and gold in Sassari should defiantly help to boost his motivation and determination as he plans ahead for the London Olympics in 2012.

If Leon continues to compete and gain good results in certain competitions within the Fila calendar, together with carefully planned training camps abroad, he looks to be in with a good chance for doing well when he attends the qualification tournaments, with the ultimate aim of wrestling in the London Olympics in front of a home crowd.

The official coach accompanying Leon for this event was Anatoli Kharytoniuk.

Herculean Wrestling Camp for Mixed Martial Arts – Easter 2011

Second International Level Training Camp A Success For Herculean Sport

Sponsored by BodyActive Manchester and Fightshop, on Saturday the 30th of April and Sunday 1st of May 2011, the second ‘Wrestle For It!’ Wrestling Camp for MMA went ahead in Manchester, England. This Easter season camp was coached by Myroslav Dykun and Mohammad Ali, both of them who had also coached the first training camp in 2010. This second edition of the seasonal camps was attended by Mixed Martial Artists from across Britain and also a number of high ranked freestyle wrestlers.

Joining the coaching team on day two of the programme was Barrie Edwards from Extreme Strength & Conditioning. Barrie was brought in as official conditioning coach for this Easter Camp due to his work with various top professional fighters including those that have competed in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), such as Curt Warburton and Tom Blackledge.

The first Christmas season camp in 2010 was regarded as a good start for Herculean, and our two day training programme appears to have been received well in the British MMA community, with more active fighters coming to seek our high-class tuition.

This was an international level wrestling camp, with world class wrestlers coaching. Myroslav Dykun is a Gold medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He is a talented wrestler and has also competed at some of the toughest wrestling competitions internationally. Also Mohammad Ali is another elite wrestler and has great experience coaching fighters and has has spent some time with Quinton Rampage Jackson. This coaching team was able to provide correct techniques and training methods of the highest standard available within Britain.

Overall the camp had a main objective of developing the fighters wrestling skills for use within mixed martial arts. However this camp also provided an opportunity to go over basic fundamentals of wrestling and also provided plenty of time to practice and have wrestling matches. Instead of organizing a seminar which may last for a couple of hours, the coaching team decided to offer an elite training environment for fighters emulating an international level wrestling camp, much the same as they would attend themselves in countries such as U.S.A, Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Japan and many other eastern European countries. The programme spread out across two days enabled those that attended with time to practice under close supervision of the coach’s.

The camp itself and training programme was organized by Yousef Alikhasi. Yousef worked together with the coaching team to provide a suitable programme. An end of camp presentation provided everyone with a photo opportunity and also certificates of attendance were handed out to everyone. BodyActive, who sponsored the camp kindly provided gift bags during the presentation. Also sponsoring the camp, Fightshop helped to promote the event.

INTERVIEW: Bryan Gorman

Birth place: Donegal town,County Donegal,Ireland
Gym/training place: Rilion Gracie Ireland/Fighting fit.
Likes: training, eating and relaxing with friends
Dislikes: ignorance, smoking and onions

First of all Bryan, introduce yourself

“I grew up in Donegal town which is in county Donegal which is at the top of Ireland, its a nice part of the world apart from the weather blowing in from the Atlantic, I have always been sporty and competitive and always liked a challenge, and there is  no better sport than MMA for challenging yourself, I started training karate/boxing and later found the grappling part of the game, I have trained in Miami with Master Rilion Gracie and his team last summer which really showed me here I need to be if I want to succeed, great experience.”

So tell us when did you first start Mixed Martial Arts?

I first started Mixed Martial Arts in 2008.”

What competitions have you been in so far?

“I have competed in MMA league/grappling league in my first year of training.”

How many fights in MMA have you had so far?

“I have had six MMA fights and eleven amateur fights.”

 What is your best thing you enjoy about MMA?

“Best thing about MMA is your always learning.”

 What would you say is your best achievement so far in MMA?
“Competing in front of home crowd in big show was pretty good.”

When did you start wrestling, and do you include wrestling as part of your MMA training?

“I have been to a wrestling seminar before with Mohammad Ali in Derry and since then I have been hooked! I try to include wrestling in my training every week.”

 What was it like training at the Herculean Easter Wrestling Camp for MMA 2011?
“I thought the camp was awesome, learned many things and met some good people. Yousef Alikhasi did an outstanding job, he made us all feel at home and took great care of us all.”

What was the best part of the camp?
“Best part of the camp was that the coaching was world class. Plus it was good training at the Olympic Wrestling training centre, there was an aura around the place, you could smell the hard work!”


What do you think of wrestling in this country do you think these new training camps are good for the sport?

“I personally think wrestling does not get the respect it deserves over here, but hopefully that will change and I believe these camps are a perfect way of doing that.”

What would you say to anybody thinking of going to the camps but not yet sure?
“Go go! Don’t just think about it, just do it! That is what I did, you will not regret it!”

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

“My plans are to keep learning, keep improving and hopefully keep winning.”

 Do you have any other interests/hobbies?
“All my hobbies are involved around fighting, getting fitter and stronger and smarter, haven’t got time for anything else.”

Anything else you would like to add?

” Murder ball or what ever it is called, the basketball game we played at the end of the camp should be an official sport! Training with world class athletes for two days is something people should not miss out on. Once again thank you Yousef ”

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Olympic Wrestling Camp for MMA – Christmas 2010

Herculean Sport takes a look back at our first wrestling camp for mixed martial arts which was held in the city of Manchester, England.

Wrestle For It!

Wrestle for It! Supporting the wrestling community throughout Britain, promoting the latest news and events from grassroots level to international.

Herculean Sport has launced a new project aimed at supporting the growth of the sport of Olympic Wrestling in Britain. The project will seek to work with clubs, wrestling commutiy and the British Wrestling Associuation, to promote news and upcoming events througout the year.

Also in other news:

Manchester YMCA Club launches training academy

Manchester YMCA Wrestling Club is launching the WildcatsAcademy this month, an initiative to attract more young people to the club throughout 2011. The Academy will offer brand new equipment and a quality coaching experience with a strong drive to uphold the national priority of sustaining participation in wrestling amongst school leavers aged 16-17. The WildcatsAcademy offers junior wrestling sessions twice a week at the Y Club in Castlefield.

The new sporting opportunities have been made possible by a £9,624 grant from Sport England which is working with local communities to get people playing more sport. The club has also had help from Greater Sport and the British Wrestling Association.

Bill Cooper, Manchester YMCA Wrestling Club’s Chairperson, said:

“Manchester YMCA Wrestling Club is a strong local club with a long and successful history but we’re always looking to improve and attract more young members. The WildcatsAcademy project is improving the whole Wildcats experience and giving people in Greater Manchester the opportunity to wrestle competitively. We’re delighted to have received Lottery funding to make it all happen.”

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Athlete of the Year

The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced the list of recipients of the 2010 Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy, with Myroslav Dykun winning for Wrestling…

The award was introduced in 2005, to mark the BOA’s Centenary Year and the success of London being awarded the 2012 Olympic Games. The BOA presented a trophy to each of the 33 summer and winter Olympic sports for them to award on an annual basis to their top performing athlete of the year.

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