A Mosgiel girl has pinned wrestling as her favourite sport.
Taieri Taniwhas Amateur Wrestling Club member Sienna Forgie (11) was among the competitors at the Southland Championships and training camp in Pukerau, near Gore.
Nearly 40 wrestlers from South Island clubs competed on the mat at Camp Columba on Saturday, July 13.
The Elmgrove School pupil won a mixed grade for wrestlers, aged 10 to 13 and weighing up to 41kg.
The wrestlers took part in a training camp the next day.
The best part of the weekend was being taught a leg lace – a technique of holding an opponent’s legs and then rolling them – by national head coach Pete Pouri-Lane, Sienna said.
She began wrestling at age 7.
Of the several sports she plays – such as cricket, netball, rugby and touch – wrestling was Sienna’s favourite.
“It’s fun and it keeps you fit.”
The training for wrestling includes relentless running, planks and push-ups to build core strength.
The sport was as much mental as it was physical, she said.
As well as the win in Eastern Southland, Sienna claimed wins at the South Island and Canterbury championships earlier in the year.
Her focus has now shifted to the Otago Championships next month and the New Zealand Club Championships in September.
Both events will be held at Taieri College.
Sienna will be part of a 12-strong taniwhas team travelling to nationals in Hamilton in October.
At the three events, she will be executing her signature move – the double leg take down, a technique which she uses when tackling on the rugby field, she said.