The Alberni Wrestling Club is once again hosting their annual Kids Wrestling Camp July 8–10 in the Alberni District Secondary School gymnasium. The camp will run over three days from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (registration is at 9:30 a.m. each day) and will feature instruction from local coaches, alumni, and high school wrestlers.
As well as learning some basic wrestling moves and technique, the camp participants will also partake in fun wrestling themed activities.
Unfortunately, due to the labour dispute occurring in June, high school students were unable to continue the tradition of traveling to the SD70 elementary schools and introducing the students there to the sport of Olympic wrestling. The Alberni Valley Wrestling Club wants people to know that their popular summer program will continue and their kids camp is being offered once again free of charge.
“When we [the wrestling club] introduce wrestling at elementary schools and the kids camp, we always stress the importance of fun and safety,” explains Aaron Keitlah, an ADSS high school wrestling alumni and wrestler at North Island College, who is a coach in the Alberni program.
“We always go through a proper warm-up and stretch to limit the possibility of injury and try hard to reveal the enjoyment of wrestling rather than the competitive side.”
The camp focuses on participants in Grades 4 –7, although there are some cases where younger and older athletes have been involved.
Participants in the camp will learn from some of the top development coaches in the province.