Cadet Women’s National Team Camp #5 Seattle, WA
By Alice Todryk
At the cadet camp that I went to in Seattle, WA was fun. There were about 32 girls, including 3 Canadians. It was a four day camp, covering technique, nutrition, and how to better get focused for a match. The Olympic Head Coach, Terry Steiner, was there for two days.
The first day we had a two hour practice in the early evening. We worked on hand position during hand fighting. From there set ups, penetration, and finishing were demonstrated and conducted step by step for single leg and high crotch.
Friday we ran along the beach front for a warm-up. Then we did agility drills. Once back to the hotel Sport Psychology and Nutrition class were held. In Sport Psychology I learned how to improve attention and focus. During the Nutrition portion, I learned how to properly fuel my body and weight management. Session two of practice we reviewed front headlock defense, shot recovery, leg lace offense, and gut defense. Session three was review of front headlock offense and gut offense.
On Saturday, session four, work was done with cross knee turns offense and some situational goes. Session five later that day we worked leg attacks and evaluation matches. I was able to apply techniques taught during the camp and advice provided from the coaches. That night we went down to the Seattle Waterfront for dinner and some sightseeing.
The last day of the camp was an overall review session and took photos and said our good byes as everyone got ready to be taken to the airport.
I was able to make more friends and see friends I have made at past camps. The camps provide a chance to see where wrestlers are at in their wrestling and time to learn where USA Women’s Wrestling is headed. It was very nice of Mr. Steiner to spend the time with us that he did and to see where we are at in getting ready to hopefully wrestle for him in the future.