Wrestler Kelsey Raab has made it to the Alberta wrestling team.
Raab is heading to the Canada Summer Games Aug. 2 to 17 in Sherbrooke, Que. to wrestle for Alberta in the 80 kg weight class. She was confident of placing. “It’s pretty exciting.”
Trials were held April 20 in Wetaskiwin and Raab pinned her competitor twice, 12 seconds the first time and 17 seconds in the second match. She now has a busy summer ahead of her.
Raab is going to wrestling camps in Edmonton, Calgary and even California. She will also compete in matches in Jasper, Kamloops and Saskatoon, Sask. before the games begin. “They are tournaments to get us going and they’re also team meets…It’s to prepare you so you don’t slack off during the summer.”
One thing Raab looks forward to is getting brand new uniforms and boots to represent Alberta. Her older boots were starting to wear thin and holes were starting to show in the soles.
“I sewed it up and taped the inside,” she joked.
She also looks forward to meet other wrestlers and scouts at the summer games.