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.