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A Woman's Sport
Christine Nordhagen
CanadaGALLERYCONVERSATION
In large part, wrestling created a shared sense of unity and purpose with other women – or really at first girls – due to the great...
I grew up in a small farming community in Northern Alberta, Canada. I loved...
I ended up doing quite well in the six-week course and when it was done the coach asked me if I wanted to join the wrestling team. I was a little confused at first and said to him, “But women don’t wrestle.” He went on to explain that for the first time ever in Canada, that year there was going to be a women’s division at the national championships. He said he thought I would be a good candidate, and eventually I took a chance to try something new and said yes.
Taking the class was a very different experience from joining the University team. These weren’t just other kids interested in playing around; these were dedicated wrestlers who had worked hard to get where they were and to make the team. Moreover, while there was going to be a women’s division in the championships, that didn’t mean that there were other women on our team. And there weren’t. I really felt like an outsider at first and wasn’t even allowed to train with the men.
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