Yesterday I spent the day at St. Patricks high school in Ottawa running a clinic for the National Capital Wrestling Club. It was a great event that brought wrestlers from all over the city of Ottawa and as far as Renfrew to spend the day becoming better wrestlers.
We had a morning session for kids, and then two 2hour sessions for the high school aged athletes. I was so lucky to be joined by my amazing teammate Dori Yeats! In between the wrestling sessions we did a little lunch and listen exercise where me and Dori talked about our experiences representing Canada and some of the tough experiences we faced along the way. There were some great questions from the group.
I was so impressed by the kids who are coming out and putting in huge work. I know wrestling car at times be a long, lonely journey with little glory at the end of it. But connecting with my old club and feeling their joy and support is a key reason why I am able to do what I do.
We talked a lot about goals and how we all dream to stand on top of the podium. Undeniably, there are a lot of perks that come with winning but there is just as much if not more honour in simply engaging full heartedly in that pursuit of excellence.
I hope everyone who attended the camp felt inspired to continue pursuing whatever is their dream with the fullness of their heart! It's worth it.
Erica Wiebe is a Canadian freestyle wrestler and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wrestling and writing combine in the words of this blog, sprinkled with a strong opinion on certain matters and a hint of feminist thrown in for good measure.