Esquimalt High School Grade 11 student Erin Geddie uses a fireman’s carry move to throw down teammate Grade 12 student Mitchell Keeping as they work out during a wrestling team practice in the gym.

Esquimalt High School Grade 11 student Erin Geddie uses a fireman’s carry move to throw down teammate Grade 12 student Mitchell Keeping as they work out during a wrestling team practice in the gym.

Esquimalt wrestler sets sights on gold at nationals

The trip to and from school every day has become routine for Erin Geddie.

The trip to and from school every day has become routine for Erin Geddie.

The 16-year-old wakes up at 6 a.m., gets ready, makes the drive to the ferry terminal, hops on the ferry to Campbell River and heads off to school. After class, she attends wrestling practice or a workout session and usually makes her way back to Victoria on the last ferry home, all while squeezing homework in between.

Despite living in Esquimalt, the Grade 11 student makes the extra hour-and-a-half commute both ways to Carihi Secondary School every day.

She does so for one reason only: for the chance to wrestle with athletes that are not available for her to compete against in Victoria.

“There’s a lack of training partners in Victoria this year. There’s a lack of people my size for seniors this year,” Geddie said.

Her wrestling career began four years ago when Esquimalt High School athletic director Mike Thompson approached her and other Rockheights Middle School students to join the team.

As a joke, Geddie and a few friends decided to join the club. She stuck with it and eventually became the only female Grade 8 student to wrestle on a team with mostly boys in grades 9 to 12.

“I love the physical and mental aspect of wrestling. Just the fact that you have to be so mentally tough and strong and you have to be able to deal with whatever comes your way,” said Geddie, who is also a rubgy player.

“You never really know what you’re going to do going into a match. You have a plan, but it doesn’t always go as planned. You just have to roll with the punches.”

In a few short years, Geddie has found success on the mat. In 2014, she brought home a bronze medal from nationals and most recently, she brought home silver during last year’s national championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick in the 70 kilos category.

With two medals under her belt, she set her sights even higher this season — bringing home gold at nationals.

Thompson, who is also Geddie’s coach, said she has the ability to be an elite-level athlete.

“She’s very methodical in her approach to technique and I think that’s what sets her apart from her competitors is that she’s very particular in the way she executes all of her technique,” said Thompson, who has coached Geddie for the past four years.

“She has a drive inside that only the high-level elite kids have. It’s not something that can be taught.”

Geddie, along with other B.C. wrestlers who plan on attending nationals in Calgary next year, have the opportunity to learn from some of the best with a nationals training day on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Esquimalt High.

Clinicians John Pineda and Frank Mensah, two high-performance coaches for B.C Wrestling, will be on hand to teach students how to apply basic skills in a high-performance situation.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To confirm attendance email mbthompson@sd61.bc.ca.

As for Geddie, she hopes to get a scholarship to wrestle in university and take the sport as far as she can.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP arrested a 42-year-old man April 11 following numerous reports of someone firing a rifle in a Malahat campground. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
West Shore RCMP arrest man after shots fired at Malahat campground

Police received numerous reports of a man firing a rifle outside his camper trailer

Protesters occupied a road leading to Fairy Creek Watershed near Port Renfrew. (Submitted photo)
Pacheedaht Nation says activist interference not welcome at Fairy Creek

Pacheedaht is concerned about the increasing polarization over forestry activities

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)
Driver who crashed into Uptown Walmart likely suffering mental health crisis, police say

Man in his early 20s drove through a parkade wall, no serious injuries reported

Photo collage of loved ones lost to substance use and overdose. (Photo courtesy Moms Stop The Harm)
B.C. and Victoria’s overdose deaths still rising five years after public health emergency declared

Moms Stop the Harm calls on B.C. to provide safe supply in response to deadly illicit drug use

Additional COVID-19 exposures have been reported at Arbutus Global Middle School and Mount Doug Secondary School. (Google Streetview)
Additional COVID-19 exposures reported at two Saanich schools

New dates of exposure added to Arbutus Global Middle School and Mount Doug Secondary School

Burnaby MLA Raj Chouhan presides as Speaker of the B.C. legislature, which opened it spring session April 12 with a speech from the throne. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C. NDP promises more health care spending, business support in 2021 budget

John Horgan government to ‘carefully return to balanced budgets’

Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)
POLL: Have you registered as an organ donor?

They number 1.5 million strong and growing. But their numbers still fall… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of April 6

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

In Ontario, COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been set up at local mosques. (Submitted photo: Rufaida Mohammed)
Getting the vaccine does not break your fast, says Muslim COVID-19 task force

Muslim community ‘strongly’ encouraging people to get their shot, whether or not during Ramadan

A plane is seen through the window on the tarmac of Vancouver International Airport as the waiting room is empty. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
100+ international travellers who landed in B.C. refused to quarantine

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it issued $3,000 violation tickets to each

A health-care worker holds up a vial of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, Thursday, March 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
PHAC receives first report of blood clot linked to AstraZeneca

The federal agency says the person is now recovering at home

The Campbell River Gun Club outdoor range is located on Argonaut Road west of Campbell River. CRGC/Facebook photo
Campbell River Gun Club range shut down after complaints of stray bullets

Neighbour says bullets hit caretaker’s RV and shattered a glass panel on his deck

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s Green Point Campground saw an unprecedented flurry of reservations last week. (Pacific Rim National Park Reserve photo)
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve campground sees ‘unprecedented’ interest

Reservations being accepted as Green Point Campground scheduled to open May 1

Restaurant owners Oura and Kymon Giakoumakis visit the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
PODCAST: COVID-19 pandemic hits Island’s food service industry hard

Pair of Vancouver Island restaurant owners share thoughts and advice

Most Read