Three capixbass represent Brazil at this weekend’s Under-17 Wrestling Pan-American. The competition takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina until this Sunday (26) and is attended by athletes from several countries such as the United States, Canada, Cuba and others.
The Brazilian delegation was defined by an objective criterion: the champion of each category of the Brazilian Championship would win the right to participate in the international competition. Roger Leo, Emily and Stephanie Santos won the title and will also compete in the Pan.
Three athletes train together at Guarapari and are guided by Professor Vinicius da Silva, who oversees more than 20 athletes in his project.
Before traveling to Buenos Aires, the Brazilian team underwent a training period in the So Paulo city of Cubato, between 8 and 23 June, and Roger said there were tactical and technical training specific to the competition, targeting opponents. He believes that there are strong countries in contention like Canada, Cuba and the United States of America, but he has devoted himself very much and is very confident that he will fight for the gold medal.
Like Roger, Stephanie also praised the training period with the national team, but said it was very different from what she was used to. “I think those were difficult days for me, first time in the national team, different training sessions, tough diet, controlling everything, it affects the psychological aspect in the first days, but we get used to it “It was something different in my life and I believe it will matter. These experiences are many,” he said.
She also said that she is very grateful and happy to have this experience, especially as she remembers the difficult trajectory she had to take to get selected, and that she has waited her whole life to experience this moment.
“It gives me joy to think about the path I’m walking, because many of my childhood friends got lost in the paths my mother always took me on. Today I really find myself as someone I see who has the potential to go to the national team. Olympics “
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