International grapplers will be pinning their hopes on Olympics Gold at The Games’ wrestling competition but West Midlands Police’s team have already grabbed their own medal haul.
Members of West Midlands Police’s wrestling and grappling team are no strangers to podium places having picked up 17 gold and 10 silver prizes over the last four years.
The WMP squad of up to 10 wrestlers – including volunteer Special Constables, PCs and Inspectors – take part in the annual Police Sports UK competition which is open to all 43 forces.
The officers, from a range of departments including firearms and CID, meet and train at Steelhouse Lane police station in their own time and compete in the freestyle category.
They are now hoping for further success in the next annual tournament scheduled for Merseyside in November. Team members have also won international grappling medals away from representing the force.
Detective Constable John Marsh, of the West Midlands Police wrestling and grappling team, said: “It is one of the oldest sports in the Olympics; although wrestling goes back centuries before then.
“It is about using grappling techniques to maintain a superior position.
“As a police officer it helps to develop skills around keeping control of a situation and how to show restraint.
“It also gives you more physical confidence if faced with any confrontation and is very good for your fitness.
“We may not be competing in the Olympics but it is still a great feeling to win a trophy – and we will be looking for more success in our own games this autumn.”
Source:: West Midlands Police News