Houston wrestler to compete in Nationals

Houston's Rebecca Ells wrestles the top girls in Canada at Nationals this April. She won gold at Provincials in Vancouver Feb. 28.

Rebecca Ells (middle) won a gold medal at the High School Wrestling Provincials in Vancouver Feb. 28. Above she stands on the podium with second place winner Mayben Crabbe from Ucluelet

Houston’s Rebecca Ells wrestles the top girls in Canada at Nationals this April.

A grade 12 student, Ells won gold at the High School Wrestling Provincials in Vancouver Feb. 28.

With ten in her weight class, Ells fought and won three matches.

Houston Coach Don Roy says she wrestled really well.

“She’s small for that weight class [but] she beat all the girls – pinned them all,” he said.

Ells says the final match was one of the hardest of the season and a highlight of the weekend.

“It was fun to have a challenge,” she said.

Coach Roy says her key to victory was patience.

“She was real patient and just took what was available when it was available and didn’t get herself in any bad situations,” he said.

“When you’re up against a bigger person that’s very important.”

“She wrestled her best and she wrestled well… anytime that happens – regardless of the outcome in the tournament – I’m happy,” he said.

Roy says Ells has a lot of strengths as a wrestler, particularly strength and speed.

“She’s quite aggressive, she doesn’t hold back.

“She’s really quick and she has good body position,” he said, adding that past figure skating has given her good body awareness and balance.

She also has “good mental focus and she doesn’t beat herself,” he said.

“She’s pretty confident [and] she just gets down to the job and gets it done.”

Ells has been wrestling in the high school league for nearly three years, travelling to Smithers to continue in the league during the second half of the season.

“I really enjoy it,” she said.

“I had a natural talent for wrestling when I first started, so I just really wanted to develop in the sport. I love the level of intensity and that it’s very physical.”

Ells says it has also helped her develop leadership abilities though coaching elementary students and summer leadership camps.

Ells heads to the National Championship in New Brunswick April 8.

She says it feels kind of unreal.

“This kind of stuff happens to other people,” she joked.

But she’s excited.

“It will be fun to travel so far for wrestling,” she said.

“It’s going to be a great learning experience no matter what happens.”

 

Just Posted

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

Coastal GasLink stops work to investigate archaeological find

OGC archaeologists are en route to the Houston-area site where Unist’ot’en report finding stone tools

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 5: Recap

Highlights and results from day 5 at the All Native Tournament

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 6: Preview

Look ahead to all the action scheduled for Feb. 16 at the All Native Tournament

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

PR firm suspends contract with former B.C. premier amid groping accusation

Edelman says in a statement that Campbell has served as a special adviser to the firm since last July

James says B.C. budget puts priorities on NDP’s poverty, environment plans

She said she expected the government’s poverty reduction and climate change strategies to be priorities in the budget

PHOTOS: Day 1 of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer

Games kicked off in Red Deer this week

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Most Read