Sixty-Five wrestlers converged on the 4-week-old Foyle Arena in Londonderry for its first competitive event, the Celtic Cup. 23 May 2015
Roger Williams University, USA formed the core of participants as part of their tour of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. RWU lifted the trophy with a great display, winning five of seven matches at the end of a full day of training competition.
Individuals from as far afield as Malta, Wales, England and Costa Rica combined together to form a Celtic team with local athletes, led by Alan Jones of Wales, after a training camp based at the arena.
The Celtic Cup event was opened with a march-in and a brief address by Barry Pollin (Interim British Wrestling Chair and co-ordinator of the event).
Refereeing was coordinated by the Technical Director for the competition, David Sudron with pairing by Jatinder Rakhra and Lisa Bradley.
Said Colin Nicholson, “This has been a great event with good wrestling, good humour and lots of learning for all. The people of Londonderry and the Northern Ireland Wrestling Association have been great hosts.”
The Foyle Arena is a state-of-the-art multi-sport facility built principally to house Wrestling, Judo and Climbing. Derry City and Strabane District Council and Visit Derry kindly supported the event.
Activities continue on the following day with a Wrestling display at the Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast to raise money for the Mary Peters Trust and a coaching seminar to explain the next phase of UKCC (UK Coaching Certificate) courses for Northern Ireland personnel led by Trevor Hoskins.