My daughter is a sophomore wrestler at a Metro school. She has done pretty well so far for an athletic kid with no experience before the 9th grade. However, she has decided that this sport is something important to her and she wants to take it as far as she possibly can. So my job is to make sure she gets the best possible coaching and appropriate practice partners.
My position is that the best partners are determined by ability and weight, not gender. As such, I had no problem with her practicing with the boys on her school's coed team. Same thing for wrestling with the coaches. She likes to wrestle hard and when the other kids are on a rest break, she grabs a coach to get in extra mat time because she wants the challenge. Her teammates and coaches must concur as she was just voted to be the team captain next year.
I've seen Victoria Anthony (Jr World Champ) up at Simon Frasier and Clarissa Chun (2008 World Champ, 5th at Beijing) wrestle in person and I guarantee that they would not be where they are today if they had been limited to same gender practices.
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