Wrestling with red tape
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.