Wrestling open day for newbies

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EIGHT wannabe professional wrestlers have already signed up for an open day on Saturday offering a full introduction to the industry.
While he was happy with that number, there were still spaces available, organiser Troy Crosbie said.
‘‘This is the first time we have had an open day so we had no expectations as to numbers. But we can take a few more — 20 people would be too many.’’
Crosbie, an Invercargill account› ant, trained in Canada and fights professionally as Powerhouse T›Rex. He set up Southern Pro Wrestling NZ last year, staging a professional show in the city in August and started a wrestling school.
The open day would be a ‘‘great start’’ for anyone wanting to be involved in the industry, he said, with himself and another trainer demonstrating and teaching some of the basic moves.
Participants under 18 needed a parent or guardian to come and sign a waiver of liability at the start of the training.
Numbers attending the school were small yet, about five regulars attended training sessions twice a week, Crosbie said.
He planned to begin a fitness class soon.
‘‘Wrestling is not well exposed as a fitness thing yet, but [wrestling moves] give you a really good fitness workout.’’
Another professional show would be held in Invercargill on Thursday, March 17, Crosbie said. Students would be involved as trainee referees and ring announcers, although they would not be involved in matches.
Í Wrestling open day, Saturday, January 23, boxing gym, corner of Ythan St and Balmoral Dr, 10am› 3pm. Cost $50 per person, payable on the day. For more information or to register phone Troy, 027 344 8439, or email spwrestlingnz@g mail.com.

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