Wrestling with red tape

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

BEL­MONT-based wrestler Ando Le­ht­mets hopes to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The for­mer Es­to­nian Greco-Ro­man wrestling na­tional cham­pion had been try­ing to get a visa to com­pete at Rio in 2016 but has his fin­gers crossed that re­cent lo­cal awards will get him over the line for the next games.

Le­ht­mets won gold in the 71kg Greco-Ro­man cat­e­gory at the 2017 Na­tional Wrestling Cham­pi­onships in New South Wales ear­lier this month, and is the cur­rent WA Greco-Ro­man Wrestling Cham­pion. medal,” Te­sanovic said. “He’s a loyal, kind sportsper­son, hum­ble and a good role model for chil­dren.”

Le­ht­mets has been in Aus­tralia for three years and said he loved ev­ery­thing about the coun­try, from the friendly lo­cals to beau­ti­ful weather.

He said he was drawn to wrestling be­cause it was a mix of solo train­ing and sup­port­ive teams, and as­sists with teach­ing ju­niors at the club.

“It’s team­work, but you have to do your own work too to be the best,” Le­ht­mets said. “You still need friends and part­ners be­cause alone you can’t do it.”

Jad­ranko Te­sanovic and Ando Le­ht­mets cel­e­brate his re­cent Greco-Ro­man wrestling suc­cess.

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