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Sports Coaching and Development student, Charlie Bowling, will be competing at his first Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. At the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014, he was part of Team England as a training partner. Wigan-born Charlie has won the English Senior National Championships and finished second in the British Senior National Championships. England has a strong record in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games having won a total of 63 medals, including five gold.

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16 April 2018

The closing ceremony at Carrara Stadium with Canadians Korey Jarvis (Silver Medallist Men's Freestyle 125 kg) and Jevon Balfour (Bronze Medallist Men's Freestyle 74 kg).

Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremony at Carrara Stadium with fellow English Bronze Medallist Syerus Eslami who competed in the Men's Freestyle 86 kg.

Chalrie showing off his bronze medal

14 April 2018

13 April 2018


Charlie recovered from a defeat to Welshman Chan Charig to defeat Jean Guyliane Bandou of Mauritius to claim a bronze medal in the men's freestyle 65kg wrestling event!


10 April 2018

I moved into the athletes village on Sunday and we are all ready to compete. The first guys on the team compete Thursday and I start competing Saturday.  I’m just getting in the last bit of preparation now.  Rob Hamilton, who is also a senior lecturer at UCLan, is helping me with my final steps of preparation and making sure my body is in good condition.

9 April 2018

Inside the athletes village.  The teams all settled. Amazing place!!

6 April 2018

A day off at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

4 April 2018

Team England at the Opening ceremony! Amazing!!

At the opening ceremony with Sidus Eslami and George Ramm.

2 April 2018

26 March 2018

“I started to gain an interest in Wrestling at the age of six. My sister used to wrestle and consequently I used to watch her train. I also had a lot of energy when I was younger, so it was a natural step for me to take. I soon started wrestling at a local junior club, Aspull Warriors in Wigan.

Training Camp

“It’s a big thing to be representing my country. The Commonwealth Games to us is like the Olympics. It’s a major sporting event and I really am excited. Going to the Games has been a big goal for me over the last few years, especially seeing as I just missed out on making the team in the Glasgow Championships, four years ago. It is a huge achievement for me to be involved, not just for English wrestling but for British wrestling as a whole.

We’ve had some great training in Bulgaria and Ukraine over the last two months, so we’re all pretty well prepared, we’re also training at a camp in Salford just before we fly out to Australia.

“All the staff at UCLan have been really helpful and have supported me on this journey. Wrestling doesn’t quite get the funding that other sports get, so when I received my sports scholarship from UCLan that really helped me as it allowed me to travel and train. Because of this, I went on a university exchange programme to Canada for a year. The main reason I went was to get some good quality training in, and Canada was the best place to go for Wrestling. Through the exchange I had access to facilities that I wouldn’t usually get back home in England. The experience of working with different training partners and coaches was also beneficial, and I view this as a huge part of my preparation. There are five athletes from my former university who’ll be representing Canada over in Australia as well, albeit not in my weight category, it will be good to see some old teammates over there.

Whilst at the Commonwealth Games, I’ll be going for gold, but I’d be happy to bring back any medal. My dad’s coming over to watch me and I’ve also got friends over in Australia who are coming over from Adelaide to support me. The rest of the team have family coming over as well, so there’ll be a lot of English support over there.”