Molly O’Donnell is another rising star in the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club program.
O’Donnell, a Grade 9 student at Queen of Angels School, first took up wrestling in Grade 5.
She’s progressed rapidly each year since.
“She’s just come so far and her potential is so high,’’ said CVWC coach Nick Zuback.
“It just shows every time she goes to a tournament, she continues to get better. It’s exciting to see where she’s going to go next.’’
O’Donnell moved up from her usual 54-kilogram cadet weight class (Grades 9 and 10) at the War On The Floor event and placed second in 56 kg against athletes up to Grade 12.
“It’s difficult and challenging because there’s always going to be someone better than you,’’ said O’Donnell.
“But it’s great for learning because you can always get better.’’
She’s fully aware what needs to be done to keep improving.
“My first step has to be quicker,’’ said O’Donnell, who actually lives on Salt Spring Island that requires a huge commitment for wrestling in itself.
“I have to know what I’m doing first.’’
She’s also captain of the school basketball team and plays soccer and softball.