A HUSBAND and wife arm wresting duo are hoping to raise the profile of a sport that has suffered from an image problem for a number of years.
Jordan Scott (29) and Ali (28) are all set to compete in the British Novice championships this October in Garstang near Manchester and are busy training at their purpose built gym in Milngavie.
As secretary of Milngavie Arm Wrestling Club, Jordan says the town has always had a tradition of wrestling.
He said: “Ali’s dad David is really the one to credit for the resurgence in arm wresting. It was David who had the passion and commitment to bring it to Milngavie.”
David, 62, was a keen wrestler when he was younger, but when he hit his forties wanted something a bit less intense and discovered he really enjoyed teh sport. He is a former British Champion and will be competing in the World Championships in Poland this September.
And it was David’s drive that inspired his daughter Ali and Jordan to continue to develop the sport locally.
Jordan, a Glasgow University gym instructor, said: “Some people don’t think it is not a real sport, but you need just as much dedication and drive to succeed as in any other sport.”
There is also a drive to have arm wrestling recognised as an Olympic sport, with a proposal for it to be included as a guest sport at the next Olympics in Brazil.
David agreed and said another reason for arm wresting becoming a major sport has a lot to do with the involvement of Russia and America.
He said: “There is an historic rivalry between America and Russia and they are now quite big in the arm wrestling world, so I don’t think it will be long before it is included in the Olympics.”
David was also instrument in running arm wrestling at The Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games, something Jordan and Ali are planning to bring back at this year’s games which takes place at Burnbrae on June 8.
He said: “We used to have arm wrestling at the Highland Games about four years ago and it attracted competitors from across the country.”
The Club now has about 20 members and joining David Scott in Poland will be Sean Graham Paterson (31) who gained a third place at the British championships last year.
And at the British Novice championship Jordan and Ali will be joined by David’s son, also called David (34), Ryan Nelson (22), Tony Mckenna (19) and Mark Jackson (29).
All this competing does however cost money in travel and accommodation cost, so the club is keen to find a sponsor.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the club should contact www.facebook.com/ScottishArmwrestlingFederation or email firstname.lastname@example.org