Charlie Bowling ready to grapple with Europe’s best

Charlie Bowling (right) gets to grips in training
Charlie Bowling (right) gets to grips in training

CHARLIE Bowling is to represent Great Britain at the European Junior Championships next month with the hopes of making a good impression.

The wrestler has already represented Team GB in International Events in many countries across the world that include Latvia, Spain and Canada and has come away with a number of medals and accolades.

We’ve got our fingers crossed he gets a good draw as he could be looking at a top 10 placing

David Bowling

Next month’s Championships are in Istanbul and father, David Bowling, is hoping his son can impress while he’s there.

“We’re hoping he does well when he goes over to Turkey next month,” he said.

“Great Britain are taking over a team of six including him, and it’s going to be very tough for him. We’ve got our fingers crossed he gets a good draw as he could be looking at a top 10 placing.”

Charlie has wrestled from a very young age, and now trains for Aspull Warriors, which opened in January of this year, and David says his son undertakes an extensive training programme that lets him rub shoulders with Commonwealth games medallists.

He added: “He wrestles for Aspull Warriors on Monday and Wednesday and then he goes to a club in Bolton on a Tuesday and Thursday.

“His training partner is Phillip Roberts, and then he also gets to training with Craig Phillips and Louisa Porogovska. It’s great for Charlie to gain experience with the older ones to listen and learn and wrestle with them.”

David says his son already has mapped out his future and believes it’s one that is realistically achievable with his work rate.

“He’s going to UCLAN University doing Strength and Conditioning and is already eyeing up going to America in his second year to attend a wrestling college in preparation for the next Commonwealth Games,” he said.

“The change in him in the last two years has been unbelievable and I respect him for that.

“He’s got where he has through pure graft and determination and he deserves any success that he does get in the future.”