A talented young female wrestler from the Olympians Sport Academy (OSA), Norma Gordon, finished in third place at the Senior Africa Wrestling Championships, which took place from 3 to 6 March in Alexandria, Egypt. The 22 year old competed in the 0/55 women’s category.

Says Norma Gordon: “My greatest challenge is working full day, and then still putting in the maximum amount of training before and after work. My training routine consists of going for a run before work, and then doing physical training on the mat after work – Monday to Thursday. On Fridays and weekends, I go for a run twice a day. I don’t mind as I’m motivated to bring home a medal.”

Gordon, who is from Klipheuwel, was the first Junior Lady to win a medal at the Africa Championships. She is currently a fulltime employee at JRH Accounting, where she works as a bookkeeper and is studying part time towards a Diploma in Bookkeeping at Damelin.

“I’m proud to have won a medal, but I would’ve liked it to be gold. My highlight was to have made my weight.  This is usually a challenge for most wrestlers,” she says.

Gordon has set great goals for 2016. “I’d like to complete my first semester of my studies successfully as well win a gold medal at the Senior South African Championships later this year. I’m also currently training to qualify for the Olympics.”

Says Wendy Bosse, secretary of the Olympians Sport Academy: “Olympians Sport Academy (OSA) aims to reach the youth and teach them that one can follow a different lifestyle, have dreams and accomplish them. Durbell started sponsoring us in 2007 and is one of our main sponsors. Their contribution has helped us grow the academy and impact a huge amount of lives.  It has helped us to send wrestlers to provincial, national and international tournaments. Areas such as Philadelphia, Morningstar, Durbanville Children’s Home and communities surrounding Durbanville have benefited from the sponsorship.

“Norma made a decision while she was still in school to change her circumstances and rise above it.  She is motivated and has made a huge success in not only her sporting career, but her personal life as well.  She is a true role model for other youth by showing that if you make the right choices, you can become something.  We’re all very proud of her,” Bosse concludes.

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