Commonweath Games call-up on radar of Bolton Wrestlers
THERE may only 200 days left until the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
But while one Bolton man has already booked his place on the management team in the wrestling arena, two of his young proteges hope to join him at the event.
Eddy Kavanagh has been confirmed as the assistant team manager for the England squad and two Sharples Club members face an anxious few months as they try to prove to the national selectors that they should be there too.
George Ramm is in the Commonwealth Games reckoning while Liz Kay has put herself in with a shout after impressing at a tournament.
Kavanagh said: “I am delighted about getting involved in another major games after I was involved in the London Olympics in 2012 as a technical assistant.
“Glasgow is going to be a showpiece and I have been to a workshop for three days to get an insight into what is going on.”
Kavanagh believes they have what it takes to make it on the big stage.
He said: “We are hoping that George can make it into the side.
“The main thing is that we have two young wrestlers who are on the training squads for the Commonwealth Games. “It is going to be a step up and progression for them.
“They have some international competitions and training camps and I think if they do well then they could be there.”
Ramm and Kay have already tasted success at top-class tournaments. Kavanagh said: “He was at the Youth Olympic Games Festival in Sydney in January. “He came second in his category which was great. He missed out on the countback for bronze at the British Championships.
“George has improved since then but we think he would get silver or gold this time round.
“Liz took bronze in the Helsinki Open a few weeks ago.
“I think Sharples has some of the most exciting wrestlers in the country and hopefully they will go on to represent their country at national and international competitions.
“We are going from strength to strength and I think that we can continue to do that as a result of our set-up.”.
Sharples Wrestling Club train on Deangate above the YMCA shop