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Virgin Trains Station Announcer swaps West Coast for Wrestling ring in Gold Coast

Posted: 3rd April 2018

Professional wrestler and Virgin Trains employee, Philip Roberts, heads to the 2018 Commonwealth Games as part of England’s Wrestling Team

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A Virgin Trains Station Announcer based at Preston is switching his microphone for the wrestling ring at the 2018 Commonwealth Games for the next two weeks.

Philip Roberts, 28, has flown to the Gold Coast in Australia with the England Wrestling team. This year is the third Commonwealth Games Philip has attended as part of his Wrestling career – he previously competed at Glasgow in 2014 and Delhi in 2010. Philip’s role this year is to help his team mates prepare for their matches, however he may be required to step in and compete.

Philip, who has worked at Preston station since 2015, started competing at the age of seven and in 2016 he won Gold at the English Senior Wrestling Championships in 2016.

When he is not making announcements at Preston Station or competing in the wrestling ring, Philip is a children’s coach at Aspull Warriors Wrestling Club in Wigan – where he himself has been training since it opened in 2015.

Philip, who is from Westhoughton, said: “I feel incredibly lucky to be able to have the opportunity to fit my love and commitment for Wrestling around a job I enjoy at Virgin Trains. Sometimes it’s a challenge but when I get the chance to be involved in competitions it makes it all worthwhile. I’m really excited to be at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as part of England’s Wrestling Team. I would like to thank my colleagues at Preston for their continued support and hope I do them proud.”

Shirley Ross, Virgin Trains Station Manager at Preston, said: “Philip has an enormous passion for Wrestling and here at Virgin Trains the team are always interested to hear what he’s been up to. We’re really proud that he is at the Commonwealth Games and we’ll be cheering the team on all the way.”

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