As you may be well aware George Ramm, British Commonwealth Games Athlete, is Love Energy Savings ambassador. The young wrestler has experienced a fantastic summer of sport, which he updated us on when we caught up recently...
Preparing For a Huge Summer of Sport (June and July)
“In preparation for the Commonwealth games I’ve been on two camps abroad, one in Ukraine and another in Madrid. The reason behind this was to enable me to train with and spar against some of the world’s best talent in wrestling, meaning I can develop my own skills in the sport.
Both camps were extremely beneficial, not only for more sparring partners, but for warm weather training too. I stayed at the Olympic Training Centre in Kiev (Ukraine) for two weeks which, I would say, was by far one of the toughest two weeks of my life!
From Ukraine I then went straight to a camp in Madrid where I trained for a month. The warm weather in Spain, combined with training with top level athletes from all over the globe, gave me the additional training I required to help me peak at The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Athletes from countries such as Korea, Mexico, USA, Italy and Cuba took part in the training camp and it was amazing to see different styles. After the camp in Madrid I felt confident and fully ready to compete at the Games!“
Creating Memories at the Commonwealth Games
“At 17 years of age I’m the youngest wrestler ever to compete for Team England at the Games, this made it even more special for me. It was a huge privilege to fight with the Lion on my chest in front of thousands of fans.
The whole experience, from start to finish, was incredible. The Athletes’ Village, home to 4,500 athletes from 71 nations of the Commonwealth and largest of all the Games venues, was amazing. Staying with like minded people and being able to live amongst and rub shoulders with some of the best and most inspiring athletes in the world was a memory I’ll never forget.
The opening ceremony in Celtic Park was also spectacular, the Queen opened the Games with over 40,000 live spectators and one billion TV viewers tuning in.”
My Time to Shine
My first fight at the Games was against 35 year old Australian athlete, Swart. As I walked out of the tunnel onto the mat with thousands of fans cheering me on I felt proud to be representing my country, it was possibly one of the best feelings in the world! I put into practice everything I had learnt while on camps and in round one I won the fight 12 – 2 against my opponent, who is double my age. It was a fantastic feeling and gave me a good boost for the next fight.
My next fight was with Scottish eventual bronze medallist Viorel Etko who I sadly lost to on points. Etko is a fantastic wrestler and I knew it would be a challenge to beat him however I gave it my all and finished 7th out of 18th overall.
I’m extremely pleased with my first performance in the Games and it was extremely rewarding to hear the commentators state that I am “the future of British Wrestling” – wow!
Thank You Love Energy Savings
I would like to thank Love Energy Savings for their continued support for me, without it I may not have been able to compete at the level I did in the second biggest multi-sports event in the world. They have opened up new training opportunities for me and for that I am extremely grateful.
I would also like to thank everyone who support me and believed in me, especially my family, friends and sponsors.