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Wrestling back on the mat

Featherston club wrestler Jackson Sargent. PHOTO/FILE

WRESTLING

CHRIS COGDALE
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Featherston Wrestling Club is hoping to attract new members despite a shortened season that starts tonight.

In a sign of the club’s resurgence over the past three years, up to 80 wrestlers turned up for club nights last season.

The club’s wrestlers went on to win 23 gold medals and a swag of silver and bronze medals at national events in 2019 which made it the Sports Club of the Year and Junior Sports Team at last year’s Wairarapa
Times-Age Sports Awards.

Club spokeswoman Dannii Sargent said she was uncertain how many people would turn up tonight.

“People are a bit wary because of covid-19 and with wrestling being a close contact sport, but we are looking to build on last year. We would like some new members, especially females and adults,” she said.

The club would cut back on competing at national events because of the abridged season.

“Due to covid-19 this year we will only be competing at the New Zealand club championships in September at Tauranga and New Zealand championships in October at Taieri, in Otago.”

The club nights will run for school term three, with beginners and five- to nine-year-olds from 5.30pm-6.30pm, followed by 10 years and older, including adults, from 6.15pm-7.30pm.

Sargent said Jenna Telford, Regan and Penny Hopkins, Ed Read, and Randall Hancock are the new elected committee members and club was looking forward to having some fresh blood and new ideas for
the new year.

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