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Registration open for local Cowboys wrestling club

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Registration’s open and the season’s almost underway for the Cowboys, the town’s premier wrestling club.

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The club trains out of the SLS Family Sports Centre and offers programming for girls and boys from ages 7-18.

“It’s a pretty exciting environment,” said Cowboys head coach Gord Peavy.

“It’s a really inclusive environment, and everyone’s there to help each other so that breeds a championship mentality.”

The ‘Mini’ wrestlers (ages 7-12) normally meet twice a week and the program is geared toward kids with little or no wrestling experience. The more experienced ‘Juniors’ and ‘Seniors’ (ages 9-14) meet three times a week, as does the ‘Senior Elite’ program (ages 15-18).

“Wrestling’s an amazing sport: It develops self-control, it develops personal discipline, but it also develops athletic abilities that you don’t tend to get in other sports,” he added.

“The primary goal is healthy, happy athletes.”

The season culminates in March with nationals, the largest event on the Canadian wrestling calendar.

“It’s pretty significant for the kids to have the ability to wrestle at the national level,” Peavy said.

“We also have national team athletes that come out and help every now and then. […] There’s experience constantly coming in and helping out our kids.”

For kids that might be intimidated at the prospect of a hands-on sport like wrestling, the head coach says the welcoming atmosphere between Cowboys teammates goes a long way in ensuring the athletes have a fun experience.

“Kids that want to try it out, they get that support system as soon as they step into the practice room,” he added.

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“You’re not in front of a big crowd wrestling, or at a school with all your peers, it’s more of an inclusive environment where we have very good kids and they’re inclusive and bring people on.”

“Even when we go to tournaments, our team’s the one who are all going to get on the mat and cheer for their teammates, because we like to have a family environment.”

The Cochrane Cowboys offer free trial sessions. A link to sign up and more information on the club can be found at CowboysWrestling.ca.

Practices start September 26.

“The level of coaching that you get from our wrestling club, you’re not going to see it at the hockey rink,” Peavy said.

“I think it’s pretty exciting for our team to have that.”

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