There’s a central Albertan amongst the 12 athletes that Wrestling Canada has named to its Commonwealth Games roster.
Danielle Lappage from Olds, Alta. will represent Canada in the 68-kilogram weight class when the Games are held from April 11-13 in Gold Coast, Australia.
Lappage will look to repeat her 2014 performance in Glasgow where she won gold.
It’s been a long road back to international competition for the 27 year old, who’s still recovering from a torn hamstring suffered during warmups at the Rio Olympics.
Since then, United World Wrestling, the international governing body for the sport, rejigged the weight classes, eliminating the 63-kg category Lappage has competed in over the last few years. Weigh-ins take place the same day as competition.
Lappage recently returned from two competitions in Europe, where she could test herself on the world stage.
“It was really exciting, actually. I didn’t know how I’d feel. I was extremely nervous about it. I didn’t know how I would measure up against girls at this next level. I didn’t know how I’d feel physically, emotionally or mentally,” Lappage said.
“(But) everything went well. I felt strong, had a lot of fun out there and I was extremely happy and excited to be out there and I was focused in every match. Not much more I could’ve asked for.”
Those performances are partly why she’s still considering making run for a spot on Canada’s Olympic team in 2020.
“I don’t want to commit to that, it’s a lot of pressure. I’ve got a lot going on and still have to see how this leg is going to do. It’s a lot of work preparing for an Olympic Games,” Lappage said.
“With all that being said, right now I’m definitely leaning towards yes. Still have to ask me closer to that date. Or maybe after Commonwealth Games.”
Lappage is currently studying law at the University of Calgary.