Woopi champs pull through
WOOLGOOLGA'S Sikh team cleaned up at the Australian Tug Of War Championships with big wins over two days of competition.
Popular on the northern beaches since the 1980s, the Woolgoolga team is back to champion status after a seven-year break.
The squad took out the 510kg, 540kg and open weight divisions in the indoor event held at Evans Head and went on to win the 720kg and open weight divisions in the outdoor competition the following day.
A number of Woolgoolga pullers also competed as part of the NSW team, winning the 680kg and open weight divisions.
The decision to re-form was made at the Australian Sikh Games in April where they also reigned supreme.
Squad member Jas Singh said tug of war ability came naturally.
"Half of the training for us is in the bag because of the manual labouring work we do," he said.
"The rest is about socialising and keeping fit."
Jas said there was a real misconception about tug of war pullers.
"People think you've got to be big, overweight blokes but that's not the case; you've just got to be fit."
That's good news for locals with the team looking to recruit a few new members.
"We're mostly looking for people weighing between 70 and 85 kilos, but we invite anyone who's interested to come along," Jas said.
"A few of us are getting older and we want to pass on the technique that we've learned over a long time so it doesn't go to waste.
"You don't need experience and you don't even need to be Indian.
"We'll certainly teach you how it's done."
The team will take a break during winter and plans to jump back into full training in spring when the days are longer.
The next competitive event is in Glen Innes and the Woopi lads hope to host next year's nationals on the northern beaches.
Anyone looking to join the team should phone Jas on 0412 501 844.