Last week I had the honour of representing Canada and my university at the World University Championships! It was set in the beautiful university town of Pecs, Hungary. (It's pronounced PE-ch for those less familiar with the Hungarian language..: I was laughed at numerous times for trying to simply say it like pecs (of the chest muscle variety).
Anyhow, it was a great event capped off by a haul of six medals for Team Canada and some hard fought wins. We had four golds, a silver, and a bronze. I was really happy with my individual performance but to be honest, there is nothing like winning a team trophy!!
It says a lot about the culture of excellence that we are trying to establish within the women's team from top to bottom!
Along the way to my individual gold I beat Russia, Ukraine, and then Estonia in the finals!
I would say the MVP for the tournament goes to Danielle Lappage who wrestled a tough Russian first off (whom she lost too in Sweden a couple months ago) and then Japan in the semis and USA in the finals.
Jasmine Mian also proved her strength and tenacity pulling off close wins all the way through. She was able to win gold despite not wrestling her best and I'm so excited for what's to come next because I know what this little power house is capable of.
Me and Doh Beh (69kg Dori Yeats) were just making it happen all day at 69kg & 75kg. She finished all her matches in the first round defining what #heavyweightstyle is all about.
The other medals were won by the comeback queen Celeste Constant-Rodriguez who was on the junior national team with me and Dan waay back in 2008 and is now back to wrestling domination! And then Sam Stewart from New Brunswick won bronze!
This event is designed for university athletes and all week we were joking about how their should be an academic component to the competition. I think team canada would clean up in that too! We have numerous Masters students on our roster which shows our commitment to excellence on and off the mats!
Once again, I'm so proud of my team.
This event marks the first of the Triple Crown for this summer! Next up is Commonweath Games and after that, World Championships!
We fly out for Comm Games on July 24th and I am SO excited to be competing in this massive multi-sport Games! Bring it on Glasgow!
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.