Join my journey & help me reach the 2016 Olympic Games!
Hello and welcome! I'm Victoria Anthony, thanks so much for visiting my Rally. I am a 23-year-old Olympic Hopeful in the sport of Women's Freestyle Wrestling. My goal is to win Olympic gold next year in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games! As far back as I can remember, it has been my dream to become an Olympic Champion. I sarted in judo when I was 6 years old, which is when my Olympic aspirations began. I can remember drawing myself on the top
of the podium with a medal around my neck around age 6 or 7. Ever since I could understand the concept of the Olympic Games, I've wanted to train for and win them...and that's exactly what I've been up to for the past 18 years. After training and competing in judo for 8 years, I saw a wrestling demonstration and fell in love. My introduction to wrestling began with 4 years on my high school boys' wrestling team in my hometown of Huntington Beach, California; after which I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue my wrestling career and a degree in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Now I'm back in Southern California, training full time to become the best in the world. I love everything about this sport. I love that it teaches discipline, grit, and an unwavering belief in yourself. I love that it teaches how whatever you want out of life, you can have, as long as you want it badly enough and are willing to work for it. I love that it requires continous personal growth, and perserverence beyond all obstacles. I love that it has allowed me to visit over 35 countries and countless cultures in the past 10 years. I love the community it builds, the relationships it forges, the opportunities it allows, and the crazy journey it has taken me on. The pinnacle of this journey will be the Olympic Games, and I can't wait!
Why I'm Raising Funds
Unlike the governments of other women's wrestling powerhouses like Russia and Japan, the United States government does not fund its Olympic athletes. It is my dream to win an Olympic gold medal for Team USA, but the nearer we get to the Games, the more financial strain American athletes begin to feel. The cost of this journey begins to add up quickly between training and recovery equipment, eating right, medical care, and travel expenses. It is my goal to raise $6000 in the next 60 days, to help alleviate some of these expenses over the next year and a half leading into the Games. Any and all contributions would mean so much to me, and would be a huge help in achieving this goal.
Wrestling is an individual sport but by no means a one-person job. I am insanely grateful for the team of people working with and behind me constantly, always in my corner. Getting to where I am and beyond would be impossible without the belief of:
- Nadine Anthony and Tony Anthony, my parents who have not only supported and encouraged all of my dreams, but smothered me in love since day one
- Coach Valentin Kalika, my incredibly dedicated personal coach
- Coach Dennis Piramo, who introduced me to the sport
- Coach Charles Poliquin, my strength coach
- Coach Terry Steiner and Coach Izzy Izboinikov
- Bob Forster and the awesome people at PhaseIV
- The Cadwallader Family
- My teammates Helen Maroulis, Yelena Pirozhkova, & Aaron Pico
- Titan Mercury Wrestling Club
- Team Cliff Keen
- USA Wrestling
A huge and never ending thank you to all of the above, as well as the countless others who have given me so much of their time, energy, assistance and support along the journey so far.
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
Thank you again for taking the time to check out my Rally. Wrestling has taught me that whatever your dream is, you're going to have to fight for it; and that
every second spent fighting for your dream is a second spent truly living. Join my fight, become a part of my team, and let's get some hardware in Rio! In following my dream, it is my hope that others will feel inspired and encouraged to go after their own, whatever that dream might be. Please feel free to share my Rally via Facebook, Twitter, email, carrier pigeon, whatever :) Any and all support is greatly appreciated! Thanks again!
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$200Autographed Victoria Anthony SingletOne of Victoria's international competition singlets, autographed!