For the fourth time in its history the United States Tug of War Association will host an outdoor World Championships when countries assemble at Madison, Wisconsin during the last week in August of this year.
The first such event took place at Oshkosh, Wisconsin back in 1984 and the city of Rochester, Minnesota played host in both 1998 and 2004. I can verify that all these competitions were major successes and I have no doubt that the 2014 championships will follow the same pathway.
The Midwest has traditionally been the main focus for tug of war in the United States and teams from that area have featured prominently in TWIF Championships over the years.I must confess to a personal interest in the Midwest as I brought a Northern Ireland team there in June of 1979.The trip had been arranged in conjunction with Bob Pulfer and Glen Johnson and we spent a wonderful two weeks engaging in competitions and exhibitions throughout Wisconsin and Iowa.We made a further visit in February 1989 to Wisconsin and Minnesota but on an indoor basis on that occasion.We also discovered for the first time the real meaning of “wind chill” in winter on a continental landmass !
Delegates who attended last year’s TWIF Congress had an opportunity to inspect the venue and accommodation for the 2014 Championships.I know that Shelby Richardson and her colleagues in the US Association have been working hard to ensure a successful event at the beautiful city of Madison and one that will be enjoyed by all who participate.I hope their efforts will be rewarded by a large turnout of teams and visitors.