Armed and ready

Truro area girl to at­tend world arm wrestling cham­pi­onship in Turkey

Truro Daily News - - Sports - BY JOEY SMITH

Ka­rina War­ren has come a long way in a very short time.

e 12-year-old from Man­ganese Mines started arm wrestling less than ve months ago, but has al­ready shown she has what it takes to com­pete at the high­est level.

Ka­rina will put her tal­ents on dis­play at the world cham­pi­onship Oct. 12 to 18 in An­talya, Turkey.

“It’s go­ing to be fun; just the ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Ka­rina, a Grade 7 stu­dent at Ecole aca­di­enne de Truro.

Ka­rina quali ed for the world event af­ter a sec­ond-place nish in both the right- and left-hand U13 60 kg class at the Cana­dian cham­pi­onship in Mon­treal in July, where she arm wres­tled against both boys and girls. At the world cham­pi­onship, she will com­pete in the U18 ju­nior class.

“I hope to nish in at least third place,” she said.

Ka­rina was in­tro­duced to arm wrestling last April when she vis­ited the Truro Arm Wrestling Club dis­play while at­tend­ing the

Youth Expo in Brook eld.

“I just kept go­ing back to their ta­ble,” she said.

Ka­rina’s rst com­pe­ti­tion was

the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship last May in Sackville. ere, she won both right- and left-hand U13 mixed youth di­vi­sions.

Kenny Snow, who runs the Truro club, said Ka­rina is a nat­u­ral at the ta­ble.

“She’s strong, she’s got the ath­leti­cism, but she’s picked up on the tech­nique a lot quicker than a lot of peo­ple, and I nd tech­nique is ev­ery­thing. A smart arm wrestler will beat a big, strong arm wrestler ev­ery time. She’s got it all; she’s an all-around great arm wrestler.”

e fur­thest Ka­rina has been away from home was a trip to Ni­a­gara Falls, Ont., two years ago. She will travel to Turkey with her fa­ther Ron­ald and grand­mother Dianne War­ren, and looks for­ward to vis­it­ing a new coun­try.

“I re­ally want to see the ho­tel that I’m stay­ing in – it looks like a cas­tle,” she said.

Snow said the club is proud of Ka­rina and will be fol­low­ing her progress closely through­out the world cham­pi­onship.

“We’re gonna be root­ing for her,” he said. “She’s got quite an op­por­tu­nity com­ing up. It’s some­thing that a lot of peo­ple can’t say they’ve done. To qual­ify for it, that’s a big thing; a lot of peo­ple have been try­ing for a lot of years and they can’t get there.”

JOEY SMITH/TRURO NEWS

Ka­rina War­ren, 12, has made great strides in arm wrestling since be­com­ing in­volved in the sport last April. Later this month, she will travel to Turkey to com­pete in the world cham­pi­onship. Ka­rina trains on Thurs­days at the Truro Horse­men’s Club as a mem­ber of the Truro Arm Wrestling Club.

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