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With 2018 rushing to an end, we reflect with thankfulness and appreciation on the tug of war activities and participation globally. Not only did we experience 2 great TWIF level events, but also regionally, nationally and locally our athletes and officials did themselves proud in a plethora of events which show the humble but proud nature of our sport.

The international year started with the first ever TWIF competition in Asia with the World Indoor Championship being hosted by China in the city of Xuzhou. The 2018 Congress and AGM followed in April in Cork, Ireland and the year was capped by an excellent World Outdoor Championship in Cape Town, South Africa in an iconic setting with top class performances. With both the Indoor and Outdoor, the different weight classes were spread over a number of winning nations with the behaviour and level of performance of participants both on and off the competition arena doing us proud.

My thanks to the organisers and hosts of the various events. Equally so, my sincere thanks and appreciation to all participants and especially also our TWIF officials for their time and dedication to the tug of war sport. Without that passion and willingness to serve the sport with humbleness and dedication, such events and the high level of performance would not be possible.

Looking forward to 2019, we already have the Congress/AGM in Getxo, Basque Country in April, and the European Outdoor Championships Castle Bar, Ireland in September on the radar. Reflecting on previous events in these countries, I have no doubt that these occasions will again be a celebration of the competence of both organisation and level of performance.

In the mean time I wish everybody a great Festive period with family and friends. For those that will also have some time for holidays, enjoy.