After only a few months, it was time to return to Finland for a UWW Women's Wrestling Camp for 10 days. I was chosen as one of two Athletes from Australia to attend this camp amongst many athletes from around the world. The objective of this camp is to strengthen the Commonwealth Nations to improve their standard of wrestling as a whole.
The first few days were cold - very very cold. Going from the Australia 40 degree weather to -20 degrees, it was a massive shock to the body. Breathing was heavy, legs were stiff but I knew that this camp I couldn't complain, I just needed to get it done.
First training session was technique. We were lead by Russian Coach Maksim Malanov and African RDO Vincent.
Every day after that was a mixture of fitness testing, technique and lots of mat time. From many countries that were there - Nigeria, Austria, Norway, Finland & Russia, just to name a few, it was good to move around with an explore new variations of techniques.
As the camp came to a close, it was time to start weigh cutting and getting ready for the Oceania Wrestling Championships in Tahiti. Thank you to all involved for hosting a great training camp.
After having some time off after Olympic Trials last year, I had my first (of many) competitions to kick the year off. The Maribynong Open was a well conducted tournament with a great attendance. It was great to shake off the cobb webs and wrestle some amazing opponents.
Thank you so much to Victoria Wrestling Association for hosting a great event. Looking forward to the next one.
On the 21st of November 2016, I travelled to Kuortane Finland for the first official United World Wrestling Strength and Conditioning Course. It was a well conducted course with a range of amazing presenters. Some of which include:
Tamás Fehér, International Weightlifting Federation
Karoliina Lundahl, International Weightlifting Federation ·
Helen Maroulis, 2016 Olympic Champion, USA Wrestling ·
Mike McGurn, International Strength and Conditioning Coach
Ivan Ivanov, Founder of Suples Training Systems
I definitely took a lot away from this camp but most importantly I gained the following qualifications:
Level 1 - International Weightlifting Accreditation
Level 1 - Finnish Weightlifting Accreditation
Level 1 - Suples Training Systems
Level 1 - UWW Strength and Conditioning
Looking forward to attending the next course and expanding my knowledge. Thank you to UWW and everyone involved for making it such a success.
A little bit about me...
Nickname: CJ, Shorty, Rissole
So... you're probably thinking. How does a girl like me, get into a sport like WRESTLING?
Well, I was introduced by my brother Justin when I was only nine years old. Now being a nine year old, I was not very active nor was I very fit. Let's put it this way, I was the VERY lazy and very unfit. I came last at EVERY single cross country in primary school. But the biggest thing that battled me at the time was the fact I was severely bullied. Bullied physically, bullied emotionally and bullied verbally as well. It got to the extent that I couldn't even show my face at school because I was too afraid. I had scratches and bruises going up my arms and legs and I tried to hide it by covering it up with bandaids and long clothing. But worst of all, I always covered everything up with a smile. So no one actually knew the extend of damage it was doing to me at the time. It ruined my childhood. So when I was introduced to wrestling, it was definitely a blessing in disguise for me and something that changed my life FOREVER!
It gave me CONFIDENCE. The confidence I needed to stand up for myself and to be proud of who I am.
I won my first National title when I was 10, started travelling the world competing by the time I was 13 and I now stand with 16x National Titles, multiple International medals and last year I got to represent my country on one of the biggest stages of all - THE 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES. And I know, that this is only the BEGINNING of my journey!
So as you can see, I've used this NEGATIVE experience in my life and used it as my fuel and motivation and changed it into a positive. I believe that allthough this was the most daunting part of my life, it also changed me into the person I am today. I am a now an Health and Lifestyle advocate and my biggest GOAL in life is to make a positive impact in others.
I've been helping hundreds of people change through mentoring programs, nutrition, exercise and ultimately achieve better health... For me, there is no other feeling than knowing that you have been able to change someones life for the better.
The question is, will you let me help you?
Looking forward to sharing your health and fitness journey with you!