THE Korumburra tug-of-war squad had great success at the recent National Championships, winning two national titles.
Representing the state as Victoria’s only tug-of-war team, Korumburra came away with gold medals in the 640kg and 600kg indoor competitions, retaining the 600kg national title.
The squad also won silver in the 640kg Mixed and 720kg Men’s competition, along with bronze in the 680kg Men’s and 720kg Mixed competition.
The Korumburra club stopped competing in 2003, but coach Bryan Rowe has led the resurgence in recent times.
“A few of us old farts got back into it three years ago and we got invited to pull for the Queensland team,” Bryan said.
“We got the bug again and started Korumburra up again last year with some young blood.
“We had a bit of success and went a little step further again this year.”
The club trains two to three times a week in the Sanders Pavilion at the Korumburra Showgrounds and a squad of 10 competed at the National Championships at Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga.
The squad has a mixture of local members and Melbourne-based members.
“It’s a physical sport and the competition isn’t win at all costs but a lot of people train to win,” Bryan said.
“It’s like football to some degree. It’s all go, go, go, but when it’s finished you sit back and enjoy the company of people you’ve met.
“There’s different weight limits so we can cater for different weights. It’s an eight-man team so you can have a few lightweights mixed in with heavyweights, so it’s a mixed bag of participants.
“The more the merrier because if you can make a few changes, it keeps you fresh.
“It’s a fairly good atmosphere and you meet a lot of nice people around Australia.
“There are opportunities to go international with a couple of us going to Sweden for the world champs this year.”
Anyone interested in joining the Korumburra Tug-of-war team is most welcome.
Contact Bryan on 0400 717 141 for more details.