I am just finishing up my time in Spala, Poland. The weather has been very beautiful everyday except the first night we arrived. When we arrived at the training center there was a massive lighting storm. The power was going out in certain parts of the complex. We had to run our luggage from the main registration building to our dorm room building. My one bag got soaked on the 3 minute run into the building.
The Poland Open was a sizable tournament with 20 athletes in my weight class. It was a busy day for me; I had 5 matches in 4 hours. I finished 3rd in the tournament. I lost my semi final to a Hungarian who was very strong. Hopefully I will have another opportunity to wrestle her at the world championships.
I am staying for the week for a training camp. There are 7 mats for us to practice on, with 70 girls for multiple countries training at one time. This camp has been great for me; I have over 10 athletes in my weight class staying for the camp so I have multiple partners to train with. The complex is very large, with a town walking distance away. Between each practice we have been walking to the town to pass the time. Going to the grocery store, looking through the market in the park.
On our day off we drove to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. It was an eye opening experience, were you really got to see the tragic history. The tour guild was very informative and spoke of multiple heart wrenching stories. This was an amazing one of a kind opportunity to give a true perspective on the horrors of what took place in WWII. It was challenging to get through it but I am glad team Canada wanted to pay their respects. It was an adventure trying to drive to Auschwitz; our driver got lost twice. On their way there we took an hour detour and on the way home we took a two-hour detour but we made it home safe.
Only one more day of camp in Poland then I will be coming home for my final push before worlds. All of my hard work is coming to an end sooner then I would have thought.
Here is a link that talks about equality in man and woman’s wrestling that I am very excited for. In the 2016 Olympics there will be 2 extra woman’s weight classes. We are unsure what the new weights will be but this is a start to more positive news. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2013/08/09/sp-olympic-wrestling-rio-de-janeiro-international-olympic-committee.html