Female Beat the Streets (BTS) athletes representing four New York City schools were given the opportunity to learn from the best during the USA Wrestling Development Camp hosted by Life University. The camp, headlined by Assistant National Coach and 2008 World Champion Clarissa Chun, included training with Cadet and Junior National Team members, conversation with various college coaches, nutritional information with United States Olympic Committee staff, and attendance at the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA) Nationals. Training sessions included exposure to high-level freestyle technique.
“One of the biggest highlights for me was watching our athlete’s confidence grow throughout the camp,” Emma Randall, BTS Girls Development Coordinator, said of the event. “Every training session, our BTS athletes began to believe they could compete with the best girls.”
Attending athletes were able to view the potential results of their hard work. Former BTS athletes Hailey Cancelleri, Nia Crosdale, and Destane Garrick competed in the WCWA National Tournament. Garrick battled her way to a first place finish at 191 lbs. for McKendree University, while Crosdale finished 8th at 170 lbs.
BTS participants had positive takeaways from the experience. “The camp was a learning experience on various levels,” Brooklyn Technical High School junior Kia Poux, had to say of the event. “We got to wrestle with National and World Team members, which was a welcomed challenge. Watching WCWA nationals was another experience in itself as we got to see what it takes to be a national champion at the collegiate level.”
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