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Vanier Secondary wrestler brings home double gold from national championships

After bringing home a gold medal from B.C. provincials, a Vanier Secondary student has brought two gold medals home from nationals.

According to a Facebook post for Comox Valley Schools, Unya Hollmayer took home the double gold finishing at the top of the podium in U19 girls 46kg class and in Greco-Roman wrestling.

The school district says Hollmayer won the national championship 8 – 4 against an experienced opponent from Edmonton and claimed the Greco-Roman title the following day with an injured shoulder.

The wins cap off a remarkable year for the student, who the district says went undefeated. They say she won her first tournament of the year in Duncan, but unfortunately had to miss the next two in Nanaimo and Campbell River while recovering from an ankle sprain.

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Despite the setbacks, Hollmayer was able to return to competition and go undefeated for the rest of the season. Her heroics do not stop there, as Hollmayer is captain of the wrestling team and coach Dan Mackee says she is an example for many other athletes.

“Unya sets the example of commitment in the way she trains, the way she continues to learn and, in her perseverance,” said Mackee.

“Despite injuries, Unya never missed a practice and was on the mat helping other wrestlers develop their skills. She is always the hardest working person on the matt, and the results are revealed in her technical superiority in every match she has had this year.”

Hollmayer will be leading the Comox Valley Wrestling Team again next year.

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