Olympic reward for wrestling ace Roy

Olympic hopeful Maria Dunn is watched by Wigan wrestling coach Roy Wood
Olympic hopeful Maria Dunn is watched by Wigan wrestling coach Roy Wood

A WIGAN wrestling coach’s Olympic dreams will finally come true this summer.

Roy Wood has triumphantly coached Guam’s Maria Dunn to a place at the 2012 games in London.

The talented star, who also competed at the Beijing games, gained her place last week and it meant Roy’s lifetime ambition of becoming an Olympic coach will finally come true.

And it also means that he gets to take part in the opening ceremony parading around the track.

Talking of his pride, he said: “It will be an amazing moment, I’m so happy Maria has got there. It was a strange way she was selected too.

“We were all set to fly out to Finland for the final qualifiers but we got a phone call last week saying she had already qualified.

“We’re going down for the opening ceremony and I’ll be with the Guam Olympians, I’m really looking forward to it.

“We’ll then come back before returning for the event itself.”

Maria has been training with Roy at his Aspull wrestling club since November and her tireless training has finally paid off.

Roy said her place is fully deserved and has high hopes for her at the games.

He added: “You never know at the Olympics, anything can happen.

“She’s trained so hard though and fully deserves this. It’s been an absolute pleasure coaching her and hopefully she’ll have a good Olympics.”

The Aspull Wrestling Club coach has given up years of his time to train up the town’s many youngsters.

As well as promising stars, Roy has been inspirational in taking in troubled youngsters and giving them goals to achieve.

It led to him last year being nominated for the Unsung Hero award in last year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year competition.

He added: “It’s been some year and this has capped it off really.

“The BBC have also nominated me to carry the Olympic torch too which would be amazing as well.”