Alexia Seal of Mission has her arm raised after a winning a match in Romania

Mission wrestler on way to world championships

Alexia Seal was named to Wresting Canada’s Cadet World Team, which will be competing in Sarajevo Aug. 27-30.

It came as no surprise to Mission’s Alexia Seal when she heard that Wrestling Canada named her to the Cadet World Championship squad to compete in the 43-kilogram division.

Seal and the rest of the national team head to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina in less than a week for the competition which runs Aug. 27-30.

“I’m pretty much used to the travelling,” Seal told The Record. “I’m just really excited and looking forward to it.”

The Mission wrestler continues to train out of Coast Wrestling in Burnaby with coach Frank Mensah, who is also one of three coaches on the Wrestling Canada Cadet World Team.

Mensah said preparation for the world championships has been more specialized as of late.

“We have been working with Alexia, targeting specific areas that we identified as needing work,” Mensah said, for instance, defending double-leg takedowns, which Seal had trouble with against her finals opponent in Romania earlier this year.

Seal is currently on a specialized high-protein, low-carb diet. This is not so much to manage weight but to sharpen her body and mind.

“Instead of pizza, it’s grilled chicken. A small bowl of pasta instead of a large one,” explained Mensah. “For a little more muscle.”

The Mission Secondary student most recently secured gold in the Ontario Cup. Modestly, she claimed the feat was not too glamorous.

“There were just four competitors,” she said, “they were familiar opponents I wrestled before in other competitions.”

Seal also competed in the Cadet Pan-American Wrestling Championships in Mexico, July 3-5, where she landed the bronze out of a class of seven wrestlers from around North and South America.

At this year’s national championships in Fredericton, N.B., Seal was the best of her class, securing first place against her fellow Canadian opponents.

She also medaled in two tournaments held in Spain and Romania in May, locking up gold and silver, respectively.

Seal’s medal finishes contrast sharply with her season last year where she hadn’t medalled in any major competition. This season Seal has been a top-three finisher in most of events participated in.

Owing to her success, Mensah explains, is her commitment.

“She lives in Mission but drives four or five days a week, sometimes six, to train out in Burnaby [or] Coquitlam. She gets off school, does her homework on the drive, practices, then does her homework on the drive home,” said Mensah.

Seal has a page at gofundme.com/alexiaseal to help with the cost of the trip to Sarajevo, which is completely borne by each athlete.

Just Posted

Police investigate sexual assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Incident occurred Wednesday night along Oriole Crescent

Location eyed for possible collector well

New estimate puts price tag of new water source at $81 million

Bad behaviour to lead to expulsion at Abbotsford council

New rules lay out how a member can be booted from a meeting

More extreme weather beds needed in Mission

Council allocates another $5,000 to help keep people safe, warm and dry

Input sought for road works for Maple Ridge

Consultation on Haney Bypass upgrades

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Rock slide closes Hwy. 1 south of Ashcroft until Friday afternoon

A rock slide Thursday afternoon near Spences Bridge closed the highway in both directions

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Sexsmith set to suit up for Giants

Vancouver signs ninth overall pick in 2017 WHL bantam draft

Women’s March Canada Fraser Valley slated for Saturday morning

It’s a march for women’s rights and social justice for the most marginalized

Most Read