Gain­ing the up­per hand

Kings County kids head­ing to arm wrestling na­tion­als

Valley Journal Advertiser - - SPORTS - BY ASHLEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Ashley.Thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

Alyssa Jones and Shawn Fos­ter are get­ting a taste for com­pet­ing on the na­tional stage early in life.

The sib­lings, aged 11 and 7 re­spec­tively, are pre­par­ing for their de­but at the Cana­dian Armwrestling Cham­pi­onships. The tour­na­ment will be held in Laval, Que. from June 29 to July 1.

“There’s quite a bit of train­ing. I haven’t done that much but I prac­tice with my mom on the ta­ble,” said Alyssa dur­ing a brief in­ter­view at a fund-rais­ing ticket auc­tion hosted for the duo in the North Alton Com­mu­nity Hall June 24.

“I sort of had to stop do­ing the mon­key bars be­cause I don’t want to get any blis­ters be­fore Que­bec.”

The two picked up the sport with some guid­ance from their mother, Ni­cole Myles, and her boyfriend, Perry Vruhm.

Alyssa en­joys gain­ing the up­per hand on the op­po­nents in her weight class.

“It’s just re­ally ex­cit­ing and it makes you feel awesome,” Ber­wick-area res­i­dent said.

“I can beat most of the boys… that’s my favourite part.”

Her com­pet­i­tive flare has ready proven to get results.

“I like it – it’s fun. I get to travel. At At­lantics in PEI this year I got gold in both arms, so that was re­ally fun,” she said, not­ing that she com­peted in a dif­fer­ent weight class for provin­cials and won bronze.

Her younger brother, Shawn Fos­ter, is quick to ad­mit that he doesn’t see him­self best­ing his sis­ter at the ta­ble any time in the fore­see­able fu­ture. That said, Shawn won sil­ver in both arms dur­ing At­lantics and provin­cials this year.

“It’s hard,” he ad­mits.

“I just push my leg on the ta­ble or wrap my leg around (the ta­ble leg.)”

Asked how he sees the trip to Que­bec go­ing, Shawn re­mains mat­ter-of-fact about the whole thing.

“I’m prob­a­bly go­ing asleep,” he of­fered. to the al- fall

ASHLEY THOMP­SON

Kings County sib­lings Alyssa Jones and Shawn Fos­ter are get­ting ready to square off against some tough com­pe­ti­tion at the Cana­dian Armwrestling Cham­pi­onships in Laval, Que.

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