I don’t get to talk to everyone enough so I thought I would start writing a newsletter about my wrestling to keep everyone up to date.
I won Nationals in March after working hard on my knee surgery to get back to 100%. My life has been a little bit of a roller coaster ever since then. Immediately after Nationals I went to Pan American Championships in Panama City. The accommodations were amazing. We were staying in a 5 star hotel and the tournament venue was also in the hotel. We didn’t need to wait around to be driven to the venue, very convenient. I didn’t get the result I was looking for but I am so happy to have the experience of competing for my country. After the competition was over, a teammate and I stayed an extra few days to see Panama. We went to Sand Blas Islands were we got to experience their culture and sit on beautiful beaches. The weather was prefect for me; mostly cloudy but very hot (clouds are a pale girls best friend). It was a bit of a mess because it was very challenging to book the tour and no one on the Island spoke any English. In the end every thing worked out and we had a great time in Panama.
I am in Germany right now and love how green everything is here. I wish Saskatoon would start growing all the beautiful flowers I know it can. I had a great tournament, every match I wrestled I improved. I am coming home as a Germany Grand Pre Champion. The tournament was run a little differently then normal. Normally all the wrestling is done in one day but this tournament was 2 days because there was a cadet tournament and a senior tournament running at the same time. Day 1 went very slow, team Canada sat around all morning and didn’t start wrestling till 3pm. On day 2, I only had my final to prepare for and I felt great and ready to kick some butt. My final went very well, everything seems to be coming back to me.
I am staying an extra week in Germany for a wrestling camp. Having 2 practices a day can become very challenging on the body and mind. It is always great to have so many training partners and different styles of coaches all there to help everyone get better. I love the competitive environment training camps have but it is also very rewording to have all the countries help each other. It has been raining since we got here with only brief moments of sunshine. It makes it more difficult to adventure around Germany and see all the beautiful things but we still went out and saw the town of Sarrbrichen.
Since wrestling is on the chopping block for 2020 Olympic Games, our sport is going through some rule changes. These rule changes are effective starting this week. If you would like to look at then here is the link: http://www.wrestling.ca/news/article.php?id=2317. I like the new rules, they will make everyone a little bit more offensive and more inclined creating action. I hope this makes the sport more exciting for viewers to watch wrestling.