Cadet Women’s National Team Camp #5 Seattle, WA
By Michael Todryk
I recently accompanied my daughter, Alice to the Cadet Camp held in Seattle, WA. This was the fourth camp she has attended and the fourth camp I have observed. The opportunities and instruction the camps offer the wrestlers is wonderful and from some of our Country’s best wrestlers and coaches. As a parent and coach it can be difficult at times to “hand” over the coaching to someone else. After Alice attended her first Cadet Camp, I no longer had a concern with the National USA Wrestling Coaching.
The Seattle Camp was no different. Alice was welcomed as were all wrestlers to the camp. Many of the wrestlers knew each other and some even behaved like long lost sisters getting together after years of separation. In reality, they probably saw each other in March at the USAW Folkstyle Championships. The coaches ensured room assignments, expectations, and general outline of the camp was known before the first session.
I felt this camp had an added bonus that Terry Steiner would be instructing the camp the first two days. What an opportunity for the wrestlers, to have the National Coach taking time to not only observe the Cadets, but also to work with them and explain to them the plans and expectations of Women’s Wrestling. His commitment to wrestling shows through not only in his words but also his actions. The Camp also had the following coaches providing instruction as well as individual assistance and guidance: Emma Randle (USA Wrestling); Brent Barnes (Cadet National Coach) and Andrea Yamamoto (Washington State Women’s Director).
The wrestlers worked and trained hard during the camp. Many were getting ready for the upcoming Body Bar National Freestyle Championships. For the most part the weather was not the typical constant drizzle, but had moments of sun.
If parents are wondering about sending and/or taking their wrestlers to one of the Women’s Team Camps, I would recommend it. Currently there are still just a few places in the USA that female wrestlers can get or find female training partners and the camps allow them to not only train with wrestlers from other parts of the Country, but also learn and practice with some of the best.