About British Wrestling
Leon Rattigan

Leon Rattigan

  • Date of Birth: 4 Oct 1987
  • Weight Class: 97Kg

About Leon

Leon Rattigan, 26, Bristol
Recent results at FILA Tournaments: 

Leon Rattigan took up wrestling by accident. But now he thanks his mum for taking him along to a local club to give him a way of harnessing the energy of childhood.

He explains: "I was a keen rugby player, but I was looking for another sport to take up, and mum knew I liked watching wrestling on TV - not the wrestling I do now, but the TV stuff from America, the WWF - and took me along to the Bristol Olympic Wrestling Club.

"I really enjoyed it, and I obviously showed some potential because I was really encouraged by the club, and it went from there."

More than 10 years on, he is now one of Britain's top wrestlers, competing at 96kg, and with a keen eye on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"Going to Glasgow and being among the medal contenders is one of my immediate targets" said Leon.

So why wrestling?

"Wrestling's a great sport, especially for kids - it helps you with discipline, it's good for a healthy life, for your well being and for the the physical side of it.

"Sometimes it looks quite easy from the sidelines, but trust me, you need to be really fit for wrestling, you are using your whole body, and you come off shattered."

Leon knows that to make any impact at international level you have to put the hours in.