SPORTS TWINNING: Russelsheim visit Rugby

Tae Kwon Do students from Rugby and Russelsheim
Tae Kwon Do students from Rugby and Russelsheim
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Tae Kwon Do and riding clubs enjoy weekend with German friends

Rugby welcomed visitors from our twin town Russelsheim Germany on Friday for the annual sports twinning weekend.

Chief instructor of the Freestyle martial arts association Vendon Wright greeted 19 exchange students at Birmingham International airport.

Once they had arrived our visitors, along with 50 Rugby students, headed straight to the Superbowl at Junction One.

It was here that a fun packed weekend commenced, along with some friendly competition!

Students from Rugby were triumphant with a score of 146, with Master Wright (6th Dan Black Belt) surprisng everyone bowling 125 with his eyes closed for every throw.

On Saturday morning the main competition took place at Barby village hall; consisting of competitive fighting, Kata competition and a demonstration section. Rugby was again triumphant.

In the afternoon they were treated to a tour of the prestigious Rugby school and learnt all about its founder Lawrence Sheriff. They then went over to Coventry Laser Quest for a fun filled evening.

On Sunday they were taken on a trip to Drayton Manor Park and in the evening they finished off the visit with a twinning disco and presentation.

The disco was extra special this year as it was the first year that the Tae Kwon Do and horse riders from Rugby Riding Club came together for the twinning. To celebrate Vendon and Linda (from the riding club) joined to cut a cake.

These two sports clubs are now sadly the only two left in Rugby to participate in the twinning events with Russelsheim.

Vendon Wright, who will be teaching at the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, is hoping to take students over to Germany in 2014.