World Rankings, Paris Prep, and Other Exciting News

Last week United World Wrestling (UWW) published their Women’s World Rankings to start off 2017. I’ve shared the news all over social media and I am proud to say that I am ranked 13th in the 53kg weightclass. I was formerly ranked at the 55kg weightclass, but I’m happy to be ranked at the Olympic weight (55kg for women is eligible to compete at the World Championships, but not the Olympics whereas 53kg is eligible to compete at both the World Championships and the Olympics). It is definitely a great way to start 2017. I don’t normally put a lot of weight or importance on rankings because they can be subjective, but there is no doubt that the 20 named to the list in each weightclass are all talented athletes and the best wrestlers in the world. I do want to climb my way to the top of that list and it serves to show me who my top competitors are. Those are the matches I want to have this year. I want to wrestle the best in the world; because in order to be the best, one must beat the best. I also want to congratulate my teammate, Allyssa Cleaves, who made her rankings debut in the 48kg weightclass. Her hard work and dedication to this sport shows in her results and now she is officially being recognized as one of the best in the world. 

Speaking of the matches I want to have: I am officially booked to go to Paris! Allyssa and I depart on the 25th of January and compete on Saturday January 28th. I will definitely post updates and if there is a webstream or live results page it will be shared on my Facebook page and Twitter. Training for the Paris Grand Prix is going very well. I’m feeling strong in the gym and practices have been very focused and productive. We wrestled matches on Monday and, despite my legs being a little tired from that morning’s squats, they went very well. I was moving well and scoring on the moves we have been drilling since we came back from the break. I’m excited to put this altogether in France at the end of the month. 

I have more exciting news to share in the coming weeks so watch out on social media for the official announcements! That’s all for now 🙂 

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Hello 2017 – Goals for the New Year

Happy New Year!

I’m sure you have seen plenty “New Year – New Me” posts in one way or another. Those are great in their own right and making changes to improve yourself is awesome, but I’m all about attacking 2017 with the same ferocity I do every year. Rather than making major changes I decided to evaluate what I did well last year and what could be improved on. It’s not about re-inventing the wheel for me, I had a successful year; I want to improve in areas that I struggled in and do the things that I did well even better.

2016 was filled with many highs and lows. I’m grateful for all of the success, a culmination of all the hard work I’ve put into this sport. Last year I became a Senior Pan-American champion, I won my first Senior National title, I got to wrestle in Times Square, I won Gold in Italy and Bronze in New York, and I won my second University World medal. Off the mats I met a lot of goals in the gym as well. I have now met and am surpassing the Wrestling Canada “elite standard” for my weight class on squat, bench, and cleans. I’m determined to make 2017 just as successful. I have a number of high goals I’m determined to achieve through the relentless hard work  and determination I always put into this sport.

We started practices yesterday and we are heading full force towards Senior Nationals at the end of March. Along the way I will be headed to France for the Paris Grand Prix and then in February I will be in Sweden for the Klippan Lady Open. I’m determined to keep pushing myself to be a better athlete and wrestler. We also started a new training block in the gym on Monday. Lifting weights and training in the gym are always to supplement my wrestling but I have some concrete goals I would like to reach on some of my major lifts. I feel that these goals I have set for myself are lofty but attainable and I can’t wait to reach them!

2017 – Bring it on!