About British Wrestling
Philip Roberts

Philip Roberts

  • Date of Birth: 4 Dec 1989
  • Weight Class: 65Kg

About Philip

Appearing in London 2012 is rightly in every athlete's thoughts, and wrestler Phil Roberts is no different.  Quite simply, appearing in an Olympic Games in his home country would be a dream come true for the 21 year old, who comes from near Bolton.

But before that, the Commonwealth Games is looming large, and competing in Delhi later this year will - for Phil, and other British wrestlers likely to take part - be just as important.

"Representing your country, and taking part in any international sports event like that is a fantastic experience, and obviously it is a big part of my plans for this year," said Phil.

"The aim is not only to be in Delhi, but to win a medal, and I honestly think the chances of that are quite good - for me, and for other British wrestlers, whether they'll be representing England or any of the other home nations.

"Last year I was in the top three in two international competitions, and finished 15th at the World Junior Championships.  So I'm pleased with the progress I've been making, I've been medalling in all competitions, so if I can maintain that, then there's no reason why I can't medal too at the Commonwealths.  But there's a lot of hard work ahead, and I am always looking to get better.

And he believes that being a part of the Salford-based Wrestling Academy will help him achieve his ambitions.  "There's a great spirit among the squad, we're always looking to help each other get better, and though it's a really busy schedule, you get out of it what you put into it."

Phil, who turns 21 this year, has been wrestling since he was seven years old, and was introduced to the sport by his Granddad, who coached at a local club.  "He took me along with him, and it went from there, and I've loved every minute of it."

So how would he sell wrestling to the uninitiated?

"Well, it's fun, it's a great way of keeping very fit, it's a raw sport, in that no equipment's needed, it's just you against your opponent, and it's unpredictable - no one contest is the same, and there lots of twists and turns to a wrestling match.

"So to anyone who sees it on the TV, or reads about it, and thinks about giving it a go, I'd say 'go for it', and enjoy it."

And according to Phil, newcomers to wrestling are joining the sport at a good time.  He said: "British Wrestling is looking in really good shape, and getting stronger all the time.  We've some really good young wrestlers, and we're all really fired up to be part of the London Olympics in 2012, and that is a big incentive for us.

"Hopefully that will give us the opportunity to showcase our sport, and I think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised when they see what great fun wrestling is!"