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Touch legend looking forward to Nottingham 2024

One of Touch’s legends, New Zealand’s Peter Walters, is looking forward to competing in this summer’s World Cup in Nottingham.

Walters has represented New Zealand at every Touch World Cup, and has been at the top end of the sport for more than 30 years. Founder of the Galaxy network of clubs, Walters has had a hands-on impact on the growth of the sport in over 30 countries, and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Touch Rugby in the 2023 New Year’s Honours.

He is no stranger to either Touch in England or the University of Nottingham’s Highfields Sports Complex, and believes that the World Cup will have a positive impact not just in the host nation but internationally, too.

“I have fond memories over many years of competing in Touch for Galaxy London and coaching Sweden and France, all in the city of Nottingham,” he says.

“I have played and coached there in many Touch tournaments, including the 2022 European Championships and 2023 Atlantic Youth Touch Cup. The pitches are firm and flat, and good to dive on, and only once has it rained!

“Meanwhile the city is vibrant, and regardless of whether the athletes are staying in the University residences or elsewhere they will have a fantastic time.

“2024 is the first time England Touch have hosted the World Cup, and watching their work and progress in recent years I am totally confident they will host a well-organised and memorable event.

“I so look forward to taking part in what will be the biggest Touch World Cup ever in July!”

The Touch World Cup takes over the University of Nottingham’s Highfields and Riverside Sports Complexes between July 15th and 21st, 2024, with nearly 190 teams from 39 nations competing in 13 categories.

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