GRAPPLING with the task of qualifying for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 is at the forefront of two wrestlers’ schedules.
Going into the new year, Wigan Wrestling club product Mike Grundy is working hard on ensuring qualification as well as coaching sister Sarah as she pursues the same dream.
And the England 2010 Commonwealth Games competitor is confident the pair are on course to reach their goal of representing their country at the games next July and August.
“It’s going well,” said Grundy.
“We have done one qualifier and we have another in February, the English Championships in Birmingham - that’s a key qualification tournament.
“You win this one and the next one you’re definitely going.”
Grundy is well versed in an array of martial arts disciplines and despite knowing how demanding facing opponents one on one with nowhere to hide is, Grundy has no concerns seeing his sister step into the ring.
“She’s been doing is for quite a while,” he explained.
“Wrestling is different to fighting and she’s doing really well.
“We’ve been training every month and it’s going really well and we have a lot of training partners at the club.”
Grundy is a multiple wrestling champion and has 19 years’ experience in the ring.
But such credentials aren’t affecting his hunger for more success ahead of the new year, as he hopes supporters for the England competitors will turn up in great numbers owing to the relatively short distance they will have to travel when compared to the 2010 games which were held in India.
He continued: “This is massive. When I qualified last time it was quite tough to qualify.
“It was quite rewarding but this time because it’s in Glasgow as well there would be quite a few supporters coming watching us. I’m really confident we can do it for them.”
Grundy is also looking forward to opening his MMA gym at Eckersley Mill on January 5 under the world-renowned Team Kaobon banner.
He is hoping the gym will act as a pathway for more wrestlers and fighters from an array of martial arts disciplines to enjoy competition at all levels, and has the help of some well-known names to run classes and act as coaches.
“I’m excited about the opening - I can’t wait,” said Grundy.
“We’ve has a lot of help and we have a few well known guys from the fighting scene in the UK so hopefully it will bring a lot of attention.”