The 13-year-old Williams Lake wrestler has spent the past four months training in Las Vegas and improving his game.
“I didn’t get enough training here, so I decided to go to Vegas and work with coach Bill Sullivan at Legends of Gold.” assistant.
She is also part of the Lake City Falcons team in her hometown of Williams Lake.
Recently, she returned home for the North Central Zone Wrestling Championships held at Kolamnitsa Secondary School on Friday, February 10, where she won the gold medal and top female athlete.
Her training in Las Vegas includes three practices a day.
She practices at a local high school, but is not a registered student there, so she is not working for the team.
To keep up with school, she takes online courses through GROW (Graduation Routes Other Ways) in Williams Lake.
While in Las Vegas, she stays at Coach Sullivan’s house and enjoys the weather.
“It’s much warmer than here,” she said.
Pare is currently staying at Lake Williams to prepare for the regional competition at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum over the weekend of February 24-25. 2023.
After the state competition, she will return to Las Vegas to train for this year’s national competition in Vancouver.
Currently, she is the defending U15 champion of the Nationals and won in 2022 while training at the Coast Wrestling Academy.
“Before that, I was too young to make it to the national competition,” she said.
Following the provinces, she plans to compete in Amsterdam and India.
Kai said wrestling is a way to relieve stress.
As for the strain on her body, she said she’s adapted pretty well over the years.
Her father, Ian Pare, coaches the Lake City Falcons alongside Gale Bromit.
Women’s wrestling has been the fastest growing sport in North America in the last three years, he said.
“I remember when Kai was young, she was so little,” he said. “She was wrestling in the 45-pound class.”
For the first three years, she could only compete with American boys, recalls her father.
“Frank had to bribe her with candy to stop throwing hips at other kids when she was about five. Coast Wrestling is family,” he said. Told.
“It’s a great environment for athletes, among athletes, coaches and parents.”
Kai said he wanted to thank his coaches Sullivan and Mensah.
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