Tenbury Wells Ladies Tug Of War Team has become the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs Ladies Tug Of War Champions, beating over 40 teams nationally to secure the title!
They sealed their victory at the National Finals which took place at Tenbury Countryside Show on Saturday 3rd August. It was a fitting location for the winning team, who were cheered on by local supporters, friends and family.
The eight girls have been training since January, putting in around four hours of practice every week. They have been practicing their technique against the Pentre Boys Team as well as swimming, running and bike riding regularly to build up their strength and stamina for the event.
As well as competing in their County, Area and National round the girls have been competing in the Welsh Tug Of War league and have become the overall winners of this league too. They will now go on to represent Wales in the National finals being held in Scotland next weekend.
Team member Nicola Yarnold said “ We are all so proud and happy that we have become National champions and that all the hard work and training has paid off! On behalf of the team I would like to say a big thank you to our coach Paul Stinton and to Tom Alberts who have been there from day one coaching us and supporting us. It is a great achievement to put Worcestershire Young Farmers and Tenbury Wells Youngs Farmers Club in particular on the map.”
The team have had to compete in their County round held back in May, followed by an area round in June which took place at The Royal Three Counties Show. The girls romped to victory in all their rounds and went on to finally compete at the National Finals in a tense ending. They were up against Derbyshire Young Farmers but the Derbyshire girls were no match for the Tenbury Team.
Aimie Dennis, a member of the Tenbury team explains : “We have put such a lot of effort this year into being the fittest and strongest team we could absolutely be. This year we have had a mixture of experienced team members along with a few newcomers. We would really like to concentrate on preparing our younger team in the coming year and helping them to carry home the title again in next year’s competitions!”
Worcestershire Federation Of Young Farmers’ Clubs County Chairman, Helen Harcombe says “ The Tenbury Ladies team is a real credit to our Federation. They all have full time jobs or are in education and have managed to still train really hard and be the best that they could be.
We are all so proud of what they have achieved for themselves and for Worcestershire Young Farmer’ and hope they go on and retain the title next year,” Concludes Helen.