Wrestler pushes for Glasgow spot

THE dream of making her first Commonwealth Games this year in Glasgow is the motivational force for top wrestler Carissa Holland.

Holland, 19, of Abbotsbury has her eyes fixed on the national titles in April in Canberra. The titles are the Commonwealth Games trials. Holland competes in the 55-kilograms weight division.

"The goal is Glasgow this year, and my long-term goal is the 2016 Rio Olympics."

Her brother Justin, now 21, competed for the Australian men's wrestling team at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

He is taking a break from the sport this year to focus on his career as a massage therapist.

"But Justin is helping me with my training and is a great support," Holland said.

Holland has won 15 national age and weight division titles in the girls and women's ranks.

"They only take one person in my weight division, so if I win at the nationals I will make it to Glasgow," Holland said.

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are from July 23 to August 3.

After finishing her HSC at Fairvale High School in 2012, Holland embarked on her career as a personal trainer. She works full-time as personal trainer at Massive Workouts at Wetherill Park, looking after the children's programs.

Holland said James Wanna has devised her weight training and fitness program to prepare for her Commonwealth Games bid. Her wrestling coach at Australian Top Team is Harkan Er .

She also works as a massage therapist with several NRL clubs.

"In March, I start my studies in chiropractic sciences at Macquarie University," she said.

"I am pretty busy with work, wrestling training seven days a week and with now with my university studies.

"My day starts at 5.30am and finishes at 10.30pm.

"I don't have any trouble sleeping."

Holland said the support and her guidance from her brother Justin and parents Anna and Colin mean the world to her.

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