I do apologize for my lack of updates over the past couple of months. I have been juggling various committments, most time-consuming of the many roles I take on are my full-time job at an elite athlete and my part-time gig as a budding scholar.
As of about 10minutes ago I submitted my last paper of the semester. This week has been pretty hectic indeed as I scrambled to complete two 20-page papers for two upper-level courses I am in and also get the final edits in on my Honours Thesis project. The past couple months have pushed me to really grow as a student and writer and it has been a great experience! I have really enjoyed the entire process, even though I had have to remind myself of this passion at some low points throughout the year. Who knew travelling to Sweden, Japan, the US, and the Olympic Games could put a damper on my scholarly pursuits?
In case you are curious my Honours Thesis project was on examining the experiences of elite Canadian female wrestlers during this transformative time in the sport. It was an awesome undertaking to hear their stories and connect these insights in a sociologically relevant way which I believe is particuarly poignant in the face of increasing gender equity in the sport.
My choice to continue my academics can be a burden sometimes but juggling school and sport is a natural endeavour for me and it is equally challenging and rewarding. I encourage all athletes to do what makes them happy beyond their fields of play and for me I guess that's being a nerd.
That being said, I am SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER!!!! In my case, that will mean a fully realized priority on my sporting competitions but also an opportunity to read more books of my choosing! Last summer I was enraptured by the work of Guy Gavriel Kay who is a Toronto based historical fiction writer and so this summer I am up for any suggestions!!! At this point I am planning re-read the entire Game of Thrones series and possibly delve into Divergent. Why not eh?
What's next for me you ask... where will my summer travels take me! Well... my destiny gets decided on May 3rd where I will compete at the World Team Trials in Calgary, AB! This will dictate what events I will compete in over the summer and I am intent on returning to the World Championships in September with my eyes narrowly focused on the prize.
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.