Com­ing to grips with Sydney task

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Sport -

A GROUP of young wrestlers from Bel­mont are bound for the na­tional stage.

The tal­ented young­sters, who train with the Bel­mont Wolves at MMA 24/7, are head­ing to Sydney as part of the Western Aus­tralian team.

As­sis­tant coach Emma Rich­mond of Cloverdale said the club has the big­gest rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the WA team.

“Ten are from our club, and five are from other clubs. We’re the big­gest club that com­petes,” she said.

Ms Rich­mond her­self has started prac­tis­ing Greco-Ro­man wrestling after be­ing in­spired by her daugh­ter, nine-year-old Kir­rali.

“We just came along to try all the dif­fer­ent sports at the club. We tried this one, and she took to it like a duck to wa­ter. Since she’s started, I started about four months ago. She’s in­spired me to do it,” she said.

“It’s awe­some. I ab­so­lutely love it. I didn’t re­alise how hard it was un­til I started do­ing it, and some of th­ese kids are just fan­tas­tic.”

The 2017 Na­tional Youth Wrestling Cham­pi­onships take place in Sydney from Oc­to­ber 14 to 15.

John Kelly, Kir­rali Rich­mond, Ada Pap­palo, Jack May, Lo­gan Mur­ray.

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