Belmont wrestlers coming to grips for task ahead at National Youth Wrestling Championships


John Kelly, Kirrali Richmond, Ada Pappalo, Jack May, Logan Murray.
John Kelly, Kirrali Richmond, Ada Pappalo, Jack May, Logan Murray.

A GROUP of young wrestlers from Belmont are bound for the national stage.

The talented youngsters, who train with the Belmont Wolves at MMA 24/7, are heading to Sydney as part of the Western Australian team.

Assistant coach Emma Richmond of Cloverdale said the club has the biggest representation in the WA team.

“Ten are from our club, and five are from other clubs. We’re the biggest club that competes,” she said.

Ms Richmond herself has started practising Greco-Roman wrestling after being inspired by her daughter, nine-year-old Kirrali.

“We just came along to try all the different sports at the club. We tried this one, and she took to it like a duck to water. Since she’s started, I started about four months ago. She’s inspired me to do it,” she said.

“It’s awesome. I absolutely love it. I didn’t realise how hard it was until I started doing it, and some of these kids are just fantastic.”

The 2017 National Youth Wrestling Championships take place in Sydney from October 14 to 15.

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