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Sheen ladies haul in a bronze

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

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Sheen returned from the world indoor tug of war championships in Ireland with a clutch of medals.

The club had the honour of representing England in Castlebar, County Mayo both in the men's and the ladies competitions.

Sheen Ladies represented England in the 540 kilo weight class, having claimed silver in 2012.

This year, they were up against stern opposition, particularly against the well-drilled units from Chinese Taipei and China.

Sheen went into the event with a number of pullers competing at world level for the first time and finished a creditable fifth.

The men were unable to send a full team to represent England in the 640 kilo weight class, due to withdrawals from their squad because of injuries and financial reasons.

As such, the team was not in a position to defend their world title. However, some members of the team were still able to compete and they were able to join forces with the Sheen Ladies to represent England in the mixed 600 kilos competition (teams consisting of four men and four women).

The combined team pulled strongly in this weight class, progressing through the group stages to the semi-finals where they were defeated by Chinese Taipei before going on to meet Spain in the bronze medal pull.

Sheen performed strongly and won the bronze medal by two clear ends.

Tug of War Association spokesman Alan Knott said: "We are very pleased with the performances that these teams put in. We get no funding from Sport England or UK Sport and with limited sponsorship, any team that represents England have to find the majority of their own funding, so for our teams to get to where they are against other countries, they have done remarkably well.

"We are sure that if we had had the full contingent from the Sheen men's team available, England would have picked up another world championship medal – but as an amateur sport, that is the way it goes sometimes."

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