‘I am the UK’s first female arm wrestling referee’

Trying to keep two super heavy men in check while twisting their arms may seem overwhelming, but for Kath Whitaker it’s just a hobby.

The 48-year-old from Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, believes she is the UK’s first arm wrestling referee and will officiate at the UK’s first professional national championship this month.

Kath, who is helping some of South Wales’ best arm fighters train and prepare for competition, said some perceptions of the sport were wrong.

“I think there is an attitude or an opinion of aggression and almost that it would not be a place for a woman, but it is not that at all,” he said.

Miriam Barker Story, video filmed and produced by Nick Hartley


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