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Plea from Arm Wrestling Champ

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Scottish arm wrestling champion Sean Paterson is a man on a mission – to win more titles and bring the British title back to his home town.

The unassuming sportsman already holds the Scottish title and is also the number 2 in Britain – but he wants to grab that British number one spot with both hands

He is already in training to defend his Scottish title and hopes to move up to number one in Britain this year.

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He knows it won’t be easy but is up for the challenge and is looking for some big-hearted businessman to come up with sponsorship to help him on his way.

Sean, 36, who lives in Kilpatrick Avenue in Paisley, is being backed by Renfrewshire Sport Charity in his bid and trains almost daily at the Pro-Life Fitness Centre which they run.

The charity has pledged sponsorship to help Sean achieve his goal but the successful Buddie is still looking for another major sponsor to help him out with costs for travelling and competing.

Sean says it’s tough to find sponsors as the sport –which is big in Poland, Russia, Eastern European countries and America – just doesn’t have the same support and high profile here.

Sean, who took up the sport four years ago, said: “It was great to lift the overall Scottish title and then come second in the British right and left arm 85 kilos.

“I would love to go on and win that one this year and keep my Scottish title so I really can’t let up on the training which is quite specialised.

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“When most people think about arm wrestling they think it all comes down to how strong you are or how strong your arms are. Grip strength and forearm power is needed, but technique plays a huge part as well.

“Big guys get beat by people like me – half their size – because their technique isn’t good enough.  I come to Pro-Life and do weights and bench presses, pulling exercises.

“Arm wrestlers need to do specific kinds of training workouts that can really help your skills and bring power into your arms.

“As far as I’m concerned bicep curls, wrist curls, grip work, static holds and speed work using power bands and table time are the most important exercises for any arm wrestler.

“I’ve developed a lot of my own training exercises and forearm routines and they seem to be working well for me.”

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive at RSC, said: “Sean has been part of the Pro-Life family for years and we are all delighted with his success and right behind him as he goes on to achieve even more.

“The charity strives to support Renfrewshire’s sporting stars and we will do whatever we can to help Sean out. I just hope someone else comes along too to join us in making sure a champion we should all be proud of has the backing he needs.”

Hundreds of Pro-Lifers have been queuing up to challenge good sport Sean including another Scottish hero – boxing champ Kris Carslaw – and some of the mighty Trojans American Football team.

And he will take them all on again later this year to raise money for charity.

If you can help Sean with sponsorship email seanpaterson78@hotmail.co.uk

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Two of Paisley’s oldest clubs are sticking together

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Two of Paisley’s oldest clubs are sticking together for another season in a successful partnership that spans more than a decade.

Kelburne Hockey Club is today celebrating a new sponsorship deal with the town’s Pro-Life Fitness Centre which is run by the recently launched Renfrewshire Sports Charity.

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Pro-Life is sponsoring the men’s 3rd 4th and 5th X1 and the ladies 2nd and 3rd X1 and has just supplied the club with some 200 warm-up tops.

As part of the deal Kelburne members also get help with their fitness regimes and nutritional plans as well as preferential rates on membership.

First team player and sponsorship convener Iain Schofield said: “Pro-Life Fitness Centre and Kelburne’s relationship goes back many years and this season sees them supporting a number of teams within Kelburne.

“The Men’s 3rd, 4th, 5th XI teams are a mixture of older players and young developing talent. Similarly the Ladies 2nd and 3rd XI squads have a strong mix of youth and experience which we encourage at the club.

“So it is fantastic that Pro-Life are backing us again in such a generous manner. Without this type of support we could not offer the people of Paisley and elsewhere in Renfrewshire what we do just now. We are a community club and just like Pro-Life we treat all our members as family.”

He added: “Pro-Life has been good to us over the years and we hope this relationship goes on for a long time to come.”

Gayle Brannigan, CEO of RSC, said: “Pro-Life’s bond with Kelburne goes back a long way and we are delighted to be sponsoring the five squads for another year. As well as providing the tops our teamof experts are on hand to help with fitness plans and nutritional advice.

“When RSC was launched we pledged to use the profits to boost funds to our two hospices – ACCORD and St Vincent’s – but also to support Renfrewshire’s rising sports stars and that’s what we are doing here. Both clubs are doing their bit by supporting the local community and I am delighted to carry on our long association with Kelburne.”

The latest sponsorship award from Pro-Life comes hot on the heels of a new deal with the Paisley Pirates.

Pictured: Kelburne coaches Iain Schofield, Ian Wilson, Steven Robbie, Ewan Carmichael, Craig Morton and Michael Nicol sealed the deal with Gayle Brannigan