WORLD armwrestling champion Elaine Pickup is hoping to encourage children to get involved in the sport by holding a coaching course and friendly competition on Sunday.
The course, in conjunction with Lancashire Youth Services, will be held at the New Era Club on Paradise Street and it is free. Registration is between 9-11am on Sunday morning for children aged between 5-17-year-olds with parental consent needed. The children will be split into age groups with the boys and girls aged five-seven-year-olds giving it a go first with the help of a group of professionals, followed by eight-10-year-olds. The boys and girls will then be separated with the groups divided into 11-13 year-olds, 14-15 and 16-17. There will be a final at 5pm. Each child will receive a T-shirt and the winners will get a trophy and a jacket, donated by Abbey Street Shopping Centre.
Elaine is going to defend her world title in five weeks in Canada.
"It is a sport which has helped me travel all over the world - from Finland to Russia and now Canada," said Elaine. "Any child from any background and with any physical ability can take part in armwrestling. It is accessible and isn't expensive."
For further information, contact Elaine on 07939 614585 or just turn up on Sunday.