Seconds out for charity wrestling

GOTCHA! Little Legs, aka Mark Sealey, takes on wrestling opponent, Tag0ri, above, and top left, referee, Hank McCoy raises Little Legs’ arm as he celebrates victory

GOTCHA! Little Legs, aka Mark Sealey, takes on wrestling opponent, Tag0ri, above, and top left, referee, Hank McCoy raises Little Legs’ arm as he celebrates victory Buy this photo

First published in News thisisoxfordshire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys. Call me on 01865 425403

DETERMINEDLY clinging to the leg of a man twice his size, 3ft 7inch wrestler Little Legs managed to throw his opponent to the ground, claiming victory in the ring.

Little Legs – whose real name is Mark Sealey – was wrestling Tag0ri at a wrestling show in the Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre.

But Sunday’s show saw Mr Sealey do more than just wrestle his rival – his throws and pins were all to raise money for anti-bullying charity Kidscape.

His performance was part a Welsh Wrestling touring show, which gives 25 per cent of its proceeds to the cause.

The Blackbird Leys show raised more than £100 for the charity, which provides help and advice for vulnerable children, teaching them non-threatening skills to keep themselves safe.

Mr Sealey, who now lives in Wood Farm but grew up in Blackbird Leys, said: “It’s a cause close to my heart, as a disabled person.

“When I was younger I was bullied.”

The event’s promoter Alan Ravenhill said: “Considering the Leisure Centre is all under construction, it went pretty well.

“We had five matches – three singles in the first half, then another single in the second half with Little Legs, and then a tag match.

“The crowd enjoyed it. We were expecting to just get by, but it was great.”

Kidscape fundraising and events coordinator Clare Hanley-Humphries said: “Kidscape is delighted to be supported by the Welsh Wrestling shows.

“The support makes a big difference to our work, and we are very pleased that Little Legs is not only raising money to help us but also raising awareness of our work in so many towns and cities, which is very difficult for us to do as a small charity.’’ Fellow wrestler James Mason, from Didcot, said: “The show is for kids and the family. It’s great for the parents to enjoy as well.

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“Some other groups try and make wrestling competitive, but we keep it entertaining.”

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