First Girls Wrestling Team at LCHS

First Girls Wrestling Team at LCHS
Posted on 12/20/2019
Girls Wrestling CollageGirls Wrestling Collage The LCHS Titan Wrestling Twitter account had given a notice to an interesting change in sports on November 27th of this year. Coach Doug Kjeldgaard of the (Male) wrestling team tweeted on the ‘LC Wrestling’ Twitter page. Titan Wrestling Tweet Honestly, this idea was brilliant, having their own sector for competitions, would be amazing.  The ‘Activities Handbook, states that sports in our school district are gender-neutral. “It is the policy of the Lewis Central Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion” (Page 5, line 128-129). An article from ‘The Gazette’ had shown a time jump in Iowa from 2013 to 2020. It had said in 2013 the number of programs for girls wrestling was at ‘36’ but at the end of 2018, it had jumped tremendously from ‘187’ to ‘481’ in 2019. What had happened within that year that caused this large growth? On December 9th, Kjeldgaard had revealed the roster of the female wrestlers. There are seven wrestlers. The history makers are Freshman, Anchal Chaudhari, Sophia Barnes, Haley Williams, Dana Swedensky, Ava Mcneal, Shaylee Sanders, and Senior Taylor French. When I sat down with Coach Kjeldgaard, we talked about why this addition is taking place at LC. His answer exceeded my expectations: “We want to be a leader in the state at providing the opportunity to wrestle with young women because we want to be proactive in advancing women's wrestling and providing opportunities for everyone to participate. I'm not sure how this will impact other sports programs at LC. But, what we do know is that over the past 8 to 10 years women wrestlers across our country have earned and deserved just as much of an opportunity to participate in wrestling as men. This is an exciting development in our sport and it's long overdue”. Kjeldgaard wants the same thing every parent wants - for their kids to be a part of something. After talking to Kjeldgaard I talked to Senior Taylor French. She had told me she’s happy to be in the program but sad it’s her final year. We conversed about the strength and empowerment from the sport: Yes, very empowered. As well as determined. I am very determined to show the men in this sport that women can do every technique and difficult sports like this.”
This article was written by Jonathan Smith during his time in the LCHS Internship Course. Internship A students attend class on Mondays and then go to a 2 hour per day internship of their choosing on Tuesday-Friday. Jonathan has chosen to write long form and social media content for Lewis Central CSD. Jonathan also took the pictures and created the collage. For more information about the Internship Course, see the counselors or Mrs. Casey.

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