What I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadians celebrating with their friends and families this weekend! I hope everyone gets to enjoy all of the delicious food and good company that surround this holiday ❤🦃🍁

This is a time when we get to reflect on and celebrate everything we are thankful for in our lives. I am thankful for a lot in my life, but I wanted to take this time to express to some of the most important people in my life just how blessed I am to have them on my journey and thank them for everything they’ve given me. 

Firstly, I want to thank my mom. She has been my role model and support system and she has taught me a lot about values and how to be in the world. Most importantly though, she has loved me unconditionally which I have come to realize is rare and precious in this world. I got to talk a lot about how awesome my mom is in my Mother’s Day post so I’ll keep this one brief ❤ I love you Mom.

Second, I want to say thank you to my best friend. I couldn’t choose just one photo of us so I made this collage of some of our memories over the last year and a half. I’m thankful that I have you and for everything we’ve gotten to do together. I can’t wait to make even more memories with you by my side. You always have my back and you encourage me to grow and improve in everything I set out to do. All you have to do is re-read our books to be reminded of how much I love you and appreciate you. Of all the love stories in the world, ours is my favourite ❤😚

Next, I want to express my gratitude to my coach. I know you’re not great with the sappy stuff so I’ll keep it to a minimum. Over the past eight years you’ve been a major influence in my life and you’ve helped me grow immeasurably as a wrestler and athlete, but also as a person. I’m thankful that I always have you in my corner, metaphorically but also literally! You’re always in my corner when we’re at a tournament together and even when you’re there as a delegate, you’re still mat-side supporting me. I can’t thank you enough for being behind me and supporting me in all of my major challenges on and off the mat. I truly cherish the memories of being on the top of the podium and making history for our club and our province as you are there to give me my medal and stand beside me as our national anthem plays. I promise we’ll get there; that we’ll both get to accomplish our biggest goal together. We’ll make it happen and there’s no one else I would rather have coach me through it all.


And of course I want to thank all of my awesome friends! It means a lot to be surrounded by such positive, driven, and awesome people! I wish I lived closer to all of you, but I’m thankful for how much fun we get to have when we do see each other. I’m happy and thankful to have people in my life who understand me, to share in the struggles and the triumphs, and who make this journey fun and memorable.

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Deutschland 2017 – German Grand Prix Recap 🇩🇪

I’m currently on a plane back to Canada after spending two weeks in Europe. Two weeks, two tournaments, two training camps, and two medals! What a couple of weeks it’s been! 

Last week I wrote about my tournament and training in Italy, so here’s my recap on the German Grand Prix! 

I arrived in Germany last Thursday, a day before the weigh-ins. As soon as I got off the plane I headed to the training center in Dormagen to meet up with the rest of the Canadian team. From there we headed to our hotel and I went for a run with a couple of teammates. I had a snack afterwards but went to bed pretty early; despite being ajusted to the time change already, I was pretty tired from starting my travel day at 4:30am. 

I woke up on the day of weigh-ins feeling great. I had some breakfast and was ready to go. Weigh-ins weren’t until 6pm so we had some time to relax before the bus left. When we got to the venue weigh-ins went by quickly and we had supper in the dining hall before hopping back on our bus to the hotel. 

The tournament was a two day format. On the first day I wrestled three matches. My first was against Germany where I won 10-4, my quarter-final was against Poland where I won 9-0, and my semi-final match was against a fellow Canadian where I lost 3-6. This meant I was wrestling for the bronze medal against France on day two where I won 12-2. 

I was happy with how I wrestled overall at the tournament. I got to work on a lot of things I had been practicing and be successful in some of those situations. I also got to identify some areas that still need improvement. I’m happy to celebrate my successes, but I’m always trying to focus on how I can get better. 

The Canadian team did awesome and we won 7 medals overall; 5 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. 

It was a lot of fun to compete with this group of women! Breanne said it best when she said how fun it was to catch up with close friends in far away places. 

After the tournament we headed to Hennef to the Sportschule for the training camp. It’s an awesome facility; the food is great, the rooms are comfortable, there’s wrestling mats and a weight room, and there was a recovery room with a sauna and tubs. Not to mention, the view was beautiful. 

The training camp had a lot of talented wrestlers and skilled training partners. Tuesday we did a lot of situations and live wrestling and it was super challenging but also really beneficial. We also did some technique and tactical practices on Monday and Wednesday along with some weight training.

 There was over 100 wrestlers from at least 15 different countries at the camp. It was great to have so many strong and successful women all in the same room training together.

On Monday Kirk treated us to traditional post-tournament pizza!! It wasn’t directly after the tournament like I usually do, but it was delicious and much appreciated! Thank you Kirk for the pizza, the car rides, the ice cream, the pictures, and for being awesome 💪

On Wednesday afternoon we took a train into Cologne for some sightseeing and shopping. I finally got to have ein Berliner! It was delicious 👌 The Cathedral wasn’t bad either 😉

Now I’m headed back to Canada for the CPA Conference in Toronto! I have a poster presentation on Saturday and I’m hoping I’m not too jetlagged 😂 Thank you to my coaches and teammates for making this trip awesome! I can’t wait for the next adventure. 

Italia 2017 Recap! 🇮🇹

I’m in Germany now for another competition tomorrow and Sunday, but I figured I would post a quick update on last weekend’s tournament and the camp I was at all week in Italy. The tournament was the Sassari City Matteo Pellicone Memorial held annually on the beautiful island of Sardegna, just off the coast and about an hour’s flight from Rome. It’s a gorgeous place to host a wrestling event! 

Pictured above is the beach in Stintino near our hotel and the training camp venue. 

We arrived last Thursday afternoon, May 25, and were greeted with hot temperatures and lots of sun. As the day started to cool off I went for a run by the edge of the beaches. The cool wind coming off the Mediterranean Sea made for beautiful running weather in a picturesque landscape. Pictures don’t do it justice. As the sun began to set we ate dinner as a team and caught up with everyone we hadn’t seen since Nationals. Then it was time to retire and have a much needed sleep after a long travel day. 

I slept like a rock! We didn’t set an alarm and I was surprised to have woken up naturally just before 8. It was time to check our weights and have breakfast. I was most excited for the cappuccinos! They’re amazing in Italy and at the hotel we were at, the Cala Rosa. 

After breakfast we caught some rays and Hannah brought spike ball, so we played that for a bit. Then I went on a road trip to find the sauna. The scenery where we ended up was gorgeous!! I feel like everything about this island is so beautiful. I took a panoramic photo before we went inside to sweat it out. 

I had an awesome weight cut and my recovery went really well. It was nice to have early weigh ins. 

The next day we were up and had breakfast. I followed my usual routine and had my favourite pre-tournament meal of choice! I was ready for a day of wrestling. The venue was warm, but not too unbearable and we warmed up in a seperate space than the competition surface. It got a little crowded, but we made it work. The tournament went very quickly, with most of the weight classes being round robin. I had four matches in total. I won them all and won gold. I’m happy with how I wrestled overall. There are always improvements to be made, but you have to also take time to celebrate your accomplishments along the way.

We celebrated with pizza! It’s my favourite post-tournament meal! Especially when you’re in a country that does pizza as well as Italy does! It was delicious. 

Sunday we got to go sightseeing! This year we went to a castle museum with WWII historical displays, a park with hiking trails and a waterfall, and to an old Nuragic site. It was a fun day and it’s always great to look back at history and take in the beauty of the local community. 

Monday morning we started training camp. There was a lot of situations and live wrestling. The intensity was great. We definitely got a couple great workouts in and we’re sweating buckets from the heat! 

Soon it was time to say our farewells though, and Thursday morning before the sun was up we were on our way to Germany. 

I got here yesterday afternoon. I went for a run and had some dinner. I’m following the same routine as last week and I’m looking forward to continuing my progress. I’m excited to wrestle tomorrow and I want to perform well, to keep working on the things I’ve been practicing, and keep improving. Then Monday I’m here for a few days of camp. 

The event will be livestreamed. You can look for the link on the United World Wrestling website!