COMMONWEALTH GAMES WISHES: Bolton Olympic Wrestling Club Craig Pilling and Louisa Porogovska

Bolton Olympic Wrestling Club members

Louisa Porogovska left

Craig Pilling

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , sports writer

TWO members of Bolton Olympic Wrestling Club want to add their names to the illustrious club’s roll of honour when they compete in Glasgow.

Craig Pilling and Louisa Porogovska will be competing in the wrestling arena on July 30 and 31 respectively.

The pair have got experience of being on the Commonwealth stage after being in Delhi four years ago. They narrowly missed out on a spots at the podium but this time they will be spurred on by a wave of support back in Bolton.

Coach Lee Meadows, admits there is a real buzz among the juniors and even the seniors ahead of the Games.

He said: “Last Thursday night was our last training session but all of the kids were pumped up like they were in the games.

“It is great to have Craig and Louisa at the club and they have been great role models for the youngsters.

“It shows just what you can achieve when you put a lot of hard work into it.”

Some of the juniors at the club, meanwhile have given their views on the contribution of Porogovska and Pilling.

Dean Scott, aged 12, said “I am really proud of their achievements and think they will do really well, I really look up to them and hope that one day I can also compete at the Commonwealth Games.” Bethany Scott (14) added: “Louisa is a real role model for me and is someone that I admire as a female competitor, she shows that it is not only the men who can do well in our sport.

“I hope that one day I can achieve what she has done.”

Lucy McGrath (11) said “I really admire all the effort and hard work that they both put into their training.

“People say that hard work pays off and this is certainly true of Louisa and Craig and this inspires me to want to train harder to achieve my goals.”

Craig will be in the wrestling arena next Tuesday while Louisa will compete on two days later.

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