NORTON and Sheen Tug of War Clubs claimed a silver and a bronze medal at the World Indoor Tug of War Championships in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland last week.
Sheen Ladies represented England in the ladies 540 kilo weight class and, up against stern opposition from the well-drilled units of Chinese Taipei and China, came away finishing a creditable fifth place overall.
Norton represented England in the mens’ 560 kilos, and in the group rounds performed strongly to progress to the last four along with Chinese Taipei, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
In the semis, England defeated Ireland to set up a meeting with Chinese Taipei in the final, who proved to be very strong on the day, and they won the gold medal by two ends to nil, leaving Norton with the silver medal.
Sheen were unable to send a full team to defend their title in the mens’ 640 kilo event but some members joined forces with Sheen Ladies to represent England in the mixed 600 kilos competition.
They progressed through the group stages to the semi finals where they were defeated by Chinese Taipei.
In the bronze medal match, Sheen performed strongly to beat Spain 2-0.
“We are very pleased with the performances that these teams put in,” said Tug of War Association’s Alan Knott.
“If we had had the full contingent from the Sheen mens’ team available, then we are sure that England would have picked up another world championship medal.”