World championship comes to Ambleside

A world championship event is to be staged at Ambleside Sports for the first time this summer.

Organisers have learned they have won the bid to host the Ladies All Weights world championship in Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling.

The Sports, being staged for the first time since 2019, will be held on the field at Rydal on Thursday July 28. Wrestling is always one of the major attractions at the event, which also features hound trailing, fell running, track cycling, children’s races and much more.

The current world champion, who has held the title since 2019 because of the pandemic, is an Ambleside favourite, Connie Hodgson. She has competed at the Sports on many occasions and is now a popular ambassador for wrestling, working with children in schools across the county.

Connie interviewed by Helen Skelton for BBC Countryfile at Ambleside Sports. Photos: Steve Ashworth

She was also a flag-bearer for Ambleside on a trip to London in 2016 when the Sports organised “flash-mob” wrestling bouts at notable landmarks across the city.

President of Ambleside Sports Mr Jak Hirst said: “This is a great coup for us, as our Sports returns to be even better than ever. We are very proud to hold a world championship event.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale shortly.

Ambleside Sports ground

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