I took much-needed time off the mats after my season end finish of 3rd place at Sr. World Championships. I went back to Saskatoon it was great to see my friends and family. Thank you for all the love and great wishes.
It was difficult to get back into the groove of things in St. Catharine’s after such a high of emotions. My first few competitions in Philadelphia and New York, I did not do very well. In the words of my coach; Marty Calder “I ate a big piece of HUMBLE PIE.” These tournaments were a good wake up call for me to remind me it takes continuous dedication to reach my true potential. These experiences of failure only fuel me to try harder and help me to learn from my mistakes.
I took what I learnt from these tournaments and applied them to the camp and tournament in Rio, Brazil. I am starting to feel like my self on the mats again. I lost a very close match against Japan in the semi-final and ended up places 3rd in the tournament. This was my first time in Rio! I was very excited to go there and start to familiarize myself with the area. I did not get to go look at the Olympic village but our team leader went and said it is coming along and the wrestling venue is very close. In 2016 we will have a very good set up, this news only makes me more pumped for the next 2 years.
Getting to Rio was a little bit of an adventure. Our flight from Huston to Rio got cancelled and we had to send a day in Huston, with no luggage; which means no change of cloths. Once we finally got to Rio 28 hours later we went directly to wrestling practice. During practice my phone got stolen; my brand new phone I bought 1 week ago. It is a good thing I bought the insurance plan and will be able to get a replacement phone.