Sorry it has been so long since I have sent my last newsletter. Quite a few exciting things have happened to me in the past few months
In January there was a vote to keep Wrestling in the Olympics, which was such a relief to find out. With this news came a lot of new rules. There are now more female weight classes in the Olympics. It went from 4 to 6 weights, which is great for female wrestling but with this development came new weight classes. The new weights are 48, 53, 58, 63, 69, 75. My old weight class 55kgs is no longer an Olympic weight and I had to make a very difficult choice to go up 3kgs or down 2kgs. My final decision was to go down to 53kgs.
Since January I have gone to Sweden, Colorado and Japan (World Cup). World cup is my favorite event because it is a dual format event; which means it is more team orientated. All of these trips helped me to figure out what weight class I wanted to move into. I hurt my knee in Colorado and had to get a small knee surgery right when I got home from Japan. I made the right choice to get the surgery at this time because it still gave me 3.5 weeks of wrestling before I had to get ready for world team trials.
This past weekend I won World team trials at 53kgs. It was a great event where I had strong competitors and had some very tough matches. It is surreal that it is all over and I ended up on top. Winning trials is going to give me a very exciting summer a head of me. I will be going to Germany, Austria, Mexico, Scotland (Common Wealth Games), Uzbekistan (Worlds). Common Wealth Games is a multi-sport event, which will have an athlete village. I hope to stay in Scotland after the event and have an opportunity to sight see.
For the biggest news of all: I am moving to St. Catharine’s, Ontario. I am very nervous and excited for the change. I will be moving into Tonya’s Basement suite. Tonya is a 3 time Olympic medalist at 55kgs. Having her close by will be so good for me. I think moving will help me grow into a better, stronger wrestler and help me take me to the next level. I have been training in St. Catharine’s for the past 10 days leading up to trials. I am so happy I had the opportunity to go stay in my new place. It is so much bigger and better then I thought. Now that it has a fresh coat of paint it feels like its mine. I will be driving my car from Saskatoon to Ontario at the end of May. It is going to be a long 3-day drive but it is going to be worth it in the end.