Photo: Nathan Fletcher
Nathan Fletcher, an advanced level PE second year student at King George V College, recently won Gold in the British National Championships for Wrestling.
Around 200 wrestlers were involved in the competition, which took place in October at the Flash Leisure Centre in Welshpool, Wales. Following on from his success in the English Championships earlier in the year, Nathan competed against four opponents from across the country, winning all four matches to take the title of Junior British Champion.
Nathan said, “It means a great amount to me to be called a National Champion for my sport. Not many people can say they’re the best in Britain at what they do!
“I knew I had the ability to win, so it was just a matter of performing well on the day and when I did, and I won the competition I was greatly relieved more than anything. It’s just good to know the all the hard work you put in is paying off.”
Competing in the 62kg weight classification, Nathan had to stick to a strict diet and exercise regime during the build up to the event.
“In the last few weeks before the competition I was training almost every day but only eating a minimal diet of chicken and rice to try and cut down my weight. It was tough!”
Nathan has been involved in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) since the age of 14, however recently chose to focus his efforts on wrestling. He moved to the Aspull Warriors Wrestling club in Wigan last August, achieving gold at the British Championships just 3 months later. Now, Nathan has big plans for the future.
“Next year I plan to compete in the British Championships again, but this time with the seniors.
“My next competition is in February and I have trials for the National Team in April. Hopefully I’ll get into the National Team and have the opportunity to compete in fights across Europe.”
Nathan, who currently studies PE, Biology and Economics at KGV, would like to go on to study a Sports related degree at a prestigious University and hopes to secure a job within the Sports industry in future.
“I’d like to go on to study a Sports Science degree at University with a sandwich year abroad, as this would give me the chance to study and wrestle in the USA for a year.”
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