Wrestlers Lee and White nominated to represent Canada at Youth Olympic Games
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Wrestling Canada Lutte, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, have provisionally nominated wrestlers Carson Lee and Anika White to Team Canada for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The pair of wrestlers are set to compete October 12 to 14 at the Youth Olympic Centre in Buenos Aires.
Lee and White were nominated based on their finishes at the Cadet Pan American Championships in May.
Lee, of Flin Flon, Man., captured a silver medal at the championships in Guatemala City. He went on to finish fifth at the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb Croatia. Lee will be competing in the freestyle 80 kg event at the Games.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling to know that I’m the only male representing Canada in wrestling at the Youth Olympic Games,” said Lee, who represents Saskatoon Wrestling Club. “I am looking forward to experiencing international competition at its highest level.”
White’s nomination came after the 17-year-old took home bronze at the Cadet Pan American Championships. The ROC Calgary Wrestling Club athlete finished seventh later in the year at the Cadet World Championships. The Calgary native will wrestle in the 73 kg weight class.
“I tried out for the school wrestling team in Grade 7 to help build confidence and manage anxiety,” said White. “Being chosen to represent my country (at the Youth Olympic Games) shows me how far I’ve come since I began.”
Coaching the duo of wrestlers in Buenos Aires will be Wrestling Canada Lutte’s NextGen Institute Coach (Central) and Pathway Manager Kimin Kim.
The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people all over the world. The sports programme is based on that of the Olympic Games, with 28 sports featured on the summer programme.
Canadian Dori Yeats won gold at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. The medal is Canada’s lone wrestling podium finish at a Youth Olympic Games. Yeats went on to represent Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games where she finished fifth.