I am so proud to tell all of you I won a Bronze Medal in 53kg Sr Women’s World Championships!
World Championships were in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; which is in part of the world I never thought I would ever want to visit. Tashkent was pleasantly surprising. It was over 20 hours of travel time to get from St. Catharine’s to Tashkent with a 9-hour time change. With such an extreme travel time Team Canada wanted the athletes to get into Tashkent a few days early to help calamities and train as a team. I had prepared for the worst-case scenario because we didn’t have much information about the hotel and food quality before we arrived. I brought enough food to last me for the 10 days I was there. This means my food bag was 16kgs. In the end the food in Tashkent was safe and I did not need all my food. The weather was great and the team took ever opportunity to relax by to pool. Sadly I am not any darker after basking in the sun for 10 days.
I can not descried the feel I had when I won my Bronze medal final but what I can tell you is, I knew in my heart I was going to win a medal that day. From the moment I woke up I had a smile on my face and was ready to fight for every point. I focused on one match at a time and before I knew it I was in the semi finals against Saori Yoshida from Japan who is a 3-time Olympic Champ. I lost by fall against Japan and came back on the B-side to wrestle for bronze. It was exciting to be apart of the finals; with the spotlight on you, the stands filled with people who love the sport as much as I do and the energy in the venue was surreal. The past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster and it was ALL WORTH IT. My coaches and support staff always say when I start to go crazy I am ready to compete. Well I can tell you I have never felt more emotionally out of control then I had leading up to this event, ha. It is time for some TLC and to ride the high for a little while.
I am on my way back to Saskatoon for a week of down time before I go back to St. Catharine’s. Getting on a plain less then 12 hours after I wrestled does not feel good on the body.