Arm Wrestling is a physical sports that needs technical training before embarking on competing in major competitions
Australia-based Sierra Leonean arm wrestler, Alfred Caulker has successfully concluded a two-day seminar for athletes and coaches at the Ahmadiyya Secondary School compound at Ferry Junction in the eastern part of Freetown.
The training was organized shortly after he emerged victorious in the just concluded 12th African arm wrestling championship hosted in Ghana.
Caulker defeated top arm wrestlers in the 75kg weight category from across Africa to claim the gold medal.
When he returned to Sierra Leone, he deemed it fit to train others with most of the participants coming from the provinces.
“Many people play arm wrestling for fun on a daily basis. All they need to be competitive is to know the basic rules and regulations that govern the sports and how to use their arms professionally to overcome their opponents”, Caulker said.
While talking to the participants, he said organizing the seminar for amateur arm wrestlers in Sierra Leone was a great achievement and a dream come true.
“The seminar was purposeful, educative, and interactive. All the participants were eager to learn. They want to know more, they have an interest in becoming professionals and I sensed the willingness to do all they can to be able to reach the top level”, he added.
He implored Sierra Leoneans to come together and help to promote sports nationwide.
“For us as athletes and coaches to be successful, we will have to first train more people, and host more local competitions so people will get an understanding of what arm wrestling is all about. Also, we should take the sport to the schools to get young people involved”, he stated.
Caulker who is excited to compete in the forthcoming World Championship believes arm wrestling will produce more talented athletes in the coming months from Sierra Leone if they keep training the skills required to be professionals.