All too quickly another World Championships have passed and everyone has returned home to contemplate whether their hopes and expectations were realised at Madison or if there is much work still to be done in some cases.
The championships, watched by an enthusiastic crowd of spectators, provided some excellent competition with favourable ground conditions which assisted “attacking” teams overall.Certainly there was never much possibility of pulls being curtailed because of the “inactivity” rule.
Many club and national teams reached a high level of performance over the four days of competition but it is fair to say that the Swiss teams left the most vivid impression overall.Their men’s teams, in particular, were excellent and showed very clearly the level which other teams must reach in order to challenge them effectively.
I am aware of how much hard work of preparation was put in by the United States Tug of War Association under the leadership of Shelby Richardson.The hospitality of all those involved was second to none and I feel sure that they enjoyed the opportunity to relax a little after their guests had returned home.I’m sure I speak for many when I say what a pleasure it was to renew friendships with so many people whom we hadn’t met for several years.That, after all, is a very important part of what our tug of war sport is all about.
Before I finish it is appropriate at this stage to provide some advance notice regarding next year’s TWIF Congress.The latter will take place during the period April 30 to May 2, 2015 with the venue being Malmo, Sweden.