Kirklees officers from West Yorkshire Police Submission Wrestling team returned from the National Championships in Birmingham last Saturday with eight medals.
The two gold, three silver and three bronze won at the Alexander Stadium doubled last year’s medal haul and it was a fine achievement from a team of 11 especially considering four competitors were in one weight division.
The sport involves forcing your opponent to submit using chokes, arm locks and leg locks.
The West Yorkshire team consists of officers and police staff who train and compete and train in their own time at clubs across the county including Allegiance MMA Batley, Fulinkazan Bradford, Gracie Jui Jitsui Bradford and Caged Steel Dewsbury.
The level of competition was high with entries from numerous pro Mixed Martial Arts fighters and high level grappling competitors.
Medal winners were:
U68kg Silver Andy Heald Bradford
U74kg Bronze. Anthony Spiteri Kirklees
U85kg Gold Dave Hirst Operations
U96kg Gold Mark Bordman Kirklees
U96kg Silver John Harrison Calderdale
U96kg Bronze Chris Eastwood Wakefield
Open weight Bronze Matt Franks Operations
Open Weight Silver Phil Ounsley Kirklees