2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Sports Coaching and Development student, Charlie Bowling, will be competing at his first Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. At the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014, he was part of Team England as a training partner. Wigan-born Charlie has won the English Senior National Championships and finished second in the British Senior National Championships. England has a strong record in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games having won a total of 63 medals, including five gold.
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The closing ceremony at Carrara Stadium with fellow English Bronze Medallist Syerus Eslami who competed in the Men's Freestyle 86 kg.
13 April 2018
CHARLIE WINS A BRONZE MEDAL!
Charlie recovered from a defeat to Welshman Chan Charig to defeat Jean Guyliane Bandou of Mauritius to claim a bronze medal in the men's freestyle 65kg wrestling event!
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10 April 2018
I moved into the athletes village on Sunday and we are all ready to compete. The first guys on the team compete Thursday and I start competing Saturday. I’m just getting in the last bit of preparation now. 汉密尔顿抢, who is also a senior lecturer at 中央兰开夏, is helping me with my final steps of preparation and making sure my body is in good condition.
Inside the athletes village. The teams all settled. Amazing place!!
A day off at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
Team England at the Opening ceremony! Amazing!!
At the opening ceremony with Sidus Eslami and George Ramm.
26 March 2018
“I started to gain an interest in Wrestling at the age of six. My sister used to wrestle and consequently I used to watch her train. I also had a lot of energy when I was younger, so it was a natural step for me to take. I soon started wrestling at a local junior club, Aspull Warriors in Wigan.
“It’s a big thing to be representing my country. The Commonwealth Games to us is like the Olympics. It’s a major sporting event and I really am excited. Going to the Games has been a big goal for me over the last few years, especially seeing as I just missed out on making the team in the Glasgow Championships, four years ago. It is a huge achievement for me to be involved, not just for English wrestling but for British wrestling as a whole.
We’ve had some great training in Bulgaria and Ukraine over the last two months, so we’re all pretty well prepared, we’re also training at a camp in Salford just before we fly out to Australia.
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Whilst at the Commonwealth Games, I’ll be going for gold, but I’d be happy to bring back any medal. My dad’s coming over to watch me and I’ve also got friends over in Australia who are coming over from Adelaide to support me. The rest of the team have family coming over as well, so there’ll be a lot of English support over there.”