York University Lions women’s wrestler Alexandria Town won the 57kg weight class at the Canadian national team trials in her hometown of Scarborough, Ont., on June 9. With the win, she qualifies for the world championships in Budapest, Hungary, in October.
Town, who is rapidly making a name for herself on the international stage, made quick work of all three of her opponents at the trials. She defeated Emily Schaefer, a bronze medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, by a score of 10-0; followed that up with a 6-0 victory over 2016 Pan American champion Samantha Stewart; and wrapped up her day with a 13-2 win over her biggest rival, Hannah Taylor from the Brock Badgers.
Her qualification to the world championships comes just one month after she won her first international medal, a bronze at the Pan Am Championships in Peru.
Town spent four seasons with the Lions and is the most decorated women’s wrestler in York program history. She competed in three seasons after an injury wiped out her third year, and won three Ontario University Athletics (OUA) medals (two silvers, one bronze) and two U SPORTS medals (one silver, one bronze) while becoming York’s first women’s wrestling all-star and all-Canadian. She is also one of the most engaged student-athletes at York and was honoured for her efforts with a prestigious Lions Legacy Award at the conclusion of her career.
The kinesiology and health science student is set to graduate this summer and is now focusing on her burgeoning athletics career.