Women's wrestling in the United States has been trending upwards over the last year, from Helen Maroulis' historic Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics to Maya Nelson's gold at the Junior World Championships last week.
Several organizations have banded together under the guidance of Wrestle Like A Girl, Inc. to build on the rising popularity of the sport and have formally submitted a bid to the NCAA Office Of Inclusion to ask that women's wrestling be recognized with "Emerging Sport Status."
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Women’s wrestling could someday be an NCAA-sanctioned sport.
Wrestle Like A Girl Inc . and its partners announced on Tuesday that they have submitted a bid seeking emerging sport status from the NCAA. USA Wrestling, the U.S. Olympic Committee and other organizations hope to make women’s wrestling a collegiate sport as quickly as possible.
LAUSANNE (March 8) – 'Wrestle Like a Girl' founder Sally Roberts was presented with United World Wrestling's Women and Sport award yesterday at a panel discussion at the 2nd Annual IF Women in Leadership Forum at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — It’s USA Women’s Wrestling Week – a week all about promoting female wrestling throughout the country.
About 150 high school girl wrestlers in Colorado are part of the program Wrestle Like A Girl, which aims to help encourage the growth of wrestling programs, including girl wrestling.
When American wrestler Sally Roberts won the bronze medal at the 2003 women’s World Championships, she sported clean, white, men’s wrestling shoes. Helen Maroulis donned a similar pair of men’s footwear when she became the first American woman in history to capture victory in Olympic wrestling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Helen Maroulis’ gold medal victory over 16-time world and Olympic champion Saori Yoshida, of Japan, this summer marked the first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s wrestling for Team USA. It was a historic moment, in many ways, and ended the drought that the American women had suffered through since women’s wrestling debuted at the Games in 2004. However, the history of women’s wrestling in America goes back much further than that.
An exciting new non-profit organization, Wrestle Like A Girl, will host its First Annual Glitter Into Gold Gala on Saturday at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center from 6-9 p.m. MT.
The event serves as a celebration of the 2016 U.S. Olympic women’s wrestling team as well as a way to support and advocate women’s wrestling across the United States.
"During this important seminar attended by most of the international federations Ms Roberts represented wrestling excellently, participating in workshops to develop her leadership skills. We firmly believe that this experience and the knowledge gained will be vital in the next step of her sporting career. In wrestling, we will be doing all we can to assist Ms Roberts in realising her ambitions. We firmly believe that Ms Salty Roberts can be a great asset to the Olympic movement in the USA."
- Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling, IOC Member
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