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Published on July 21st, 2013 | by UK Thumb Wrestling

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Official 2013 Pre-Event Press Release

The world’s greatest athletes will converge in Lowestoft on saturday August the 3rd to compete in the 5th annual World Thumb Wrestling Championships.

With the sad news that another of Lowestoft historic events has been canceled this week the W.T.W.C. are pleased to be carrying the baton for putting Lowestoft on the map again.

2012 Mens’ Champion Graeme ‘Flash’ Cunningham from Scotland will return to defend his title, with hotly-tipped challenger James ‘Tiger monkey’ Issacs and undefeated champion from the United States set to give him the match of his life.

This year a L.A. based film crew are following Tiger Monkeys progress and have been funded on kickstarter.com for over $12,000 to make a feature length docu-movie about tiger monkey and his shot at claiming the Thumb Wrestling crown from Scotland’s Graeme ‘Flash’ Cunnigham, and the other contestant’s who are flying in from, Wales, Ireland, Poland, Australia, Holland, France and South Africa.

The Ladies’ Championship is also set to be an explosive event, with Norwich’s Big Digit looking to retain her title she won back in 2012. She will have a fight on her hands though as thumb wrestling legend and 2009 Champion Jennifer ‘Thumberlina’ Cripps from Bungay will be aiming to recapture the top spot.

As well a a feature length docu-film being made about the event with an L.A. based film crew filming the event, Reuters news agency will also be filming the 5th thumb wrestling championships and making that content available news agencies in over 80 countries. We hope that with this level exposure of the event it will raise the world thumb wrestling championships profile in places such as emerging thumb wrestling countries like China, India and Mongolia.

With all these stories, a movie being made and Reuters new agency covering the event, the 2013 Championship promises to be the biggest Thumb Wrestling event yet.

Rory van Bellis from the W.T.W.C. says: ‘This years championships looks like its going to be the biggest yet. As its our 5th year, and with little or no events being held in Lowestoft this year we are expecting a very good turn out. We are pleased to be able to hold the event in town again and keep Lowestoft as the worlds mecca for Thumb Wrestling. Last year we estimated the event was worth over £100,000 to the towns economy, and with the increase in entrants and the L.A. based film crew staying in town this year, we feel it will be worth in-excess of this amount to Lowestoft in 2013’.

‘We know that many contestants like to bring their families along with them for support and therefore stay locally and make a holiday of it. We are naturally pleased that our event is able to boast the local economy and put Lowestoft firmly on the map for sporting excellence. If you want to watch and unusual and interesting sport, come and see the World Thumb Wrestling Championships at the Triangle Tavern in Lowestoft’.

The action thumbs off at from 3pm at Lowestoft’s Triangle Tavern, with prizes kindly supplied by www.TheRandomShop.co.uk

Please visit ThumbWrestling.co.uk for rules and further competition information.

Useful Resources

ThumbWarrior: A Documentary Film
Tiger Monkey Vlogs
2012 round-up
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