A Few Words About Me

Hi, my name is Samantha Stewart

Ever since I was a little girl, it was my dream to compete at the Olympics.
I tried my hand at a number of sports growing up, but I didn't truly find my passion until I started wrestling in 2003. I was born and raised in London, Ontario and moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2009 to take advantage of new opportunities. It was then that I became a more well-rounded athlete and began competing internationally. I have seen success nationally and internationally, becoming a Pan-American Champion and 2x World University Medallist, but I am still working towards my ultimate goal of wrestling at the Olympic Games. I approach each training session with that dream in mind and every day I come closer to making it a reality.  


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  1. Being an international level athlete is super exciting and I’ve had the opportunity to travel and see a lot of the world while doing it. Often times people will say that they are jealous or that they should have joined wrestling, but they feel that they missed their chance or that it’s beyond their ability. I’m here to tell you it might not be too late!
  2. Battling back from injury is probably the most universal athlete experience. What athlete, regardless of sport, location, ability level, age, or gender, hasn’t suffered at least a minor setback because of a physical ailment? Still, there’s something about it that can feel so isolating.
  3. YogaGrow is a beautiful yoga studio downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick. The space is warm and filled with light, with exposed brick walls, and an inviting atmosphere that is relaxing and comforting. It is the perfect space to practice yoga. On top of that, owner and instructor Amy Murphy is full of knowledge and passion.
  4. Synergy Training Center is an awesome facility with super knowledgeable and enthusiastic coaches, but for me it’s more than just that. Synergy is a community of wonderful and supportive people who are all motivated to push themselves to reach their fitness goals and be the best versions of themselves; it’s a family.
  5. The Canadian Senior National Championships were last weekend in St. Catherine’s, Ontario marking the conclusion of the 2016/17 domestic season. I figured now was as good a time as any for some reflection and a wrap up on the last three months.
  6. Last week United World Wrestling (UWW) published their Women’s World Rankings to start off 2017. I’ve shared the news all over social media and I am proud to say that I am ranked 13th in the 53kg weightclass. I was formerly ranked at the 55kg weightclass, but I’m happy to be ranked at the Olympic weight.
  7. I’m sure you have seen plenty “New Year – New Me” posts in one way or another. Those are great in their own right and making changes to improve yourself is awesome, but I’m all about attacking 2017 with the same ferocity I do every year. Rather than making major changes I decided to evaluate what I did well last year and what could be improved on.
  8. It is definitely a challenge to be on your “A-game” all the time as an athlete. It is easy to compete and to win when you’re feeling great, but what about those times when you’re feeling less? What about having to overcome being sick, not feeling your best, being worn out or tired, or just feeling like you are performing at your B or even C-game?