Wrestler inspired by her 'rock'

Special bond: Celeste and Carissa Holland at their Abbotsbury home. Picture: Luke Fuda

Special bond: Celeste and Carissa Holland at their Abbotsbury home. Picture: Luke Fuda

THE inspiration behind Carissa Holland's selection in the Australian women's wrestling team for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games is her sister Celeste.

Holland, 19, of Abbotsbury, said Celeste, 17, who has autism, is the motivating force in her life.

"Celeste is my rock," Holland said.

"She supports me in training and at competition and she is always there with a smile on her face.

"I couldn't have made the team without Celeste."

She also thanked the other members of her family — parents Anna and Colin, and her older brother Justin, 21, who competed at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in wrestling — for giving her strength.

"I couldn't have made my first Commonwealth Games without my family's love and support," she said.

Holland has made the women's under-58 kilograms division for Glasgow. The Games will be held from July 23 to August 3.

She confirmed her selection by winning at the recent national titles in Canberra. Holland will head to the USA in June for training and competition before returning to Australia.

"I then fly to Glasgow a few days before the Commonwealth Games starts," Holland said.

"It's special for the family, Justin made the Commonwealth Games four years ago and now I have.

"My brother and I have set a goal to make the 2016 Rio Olympics together. Justin has been helping me with my training for Glasgow." He didn't contest selection trials for Glasgow because of his work as a massage therapist and study commitments.

Holland has won 16 national age and weight division titles in girls' and women's competitions.

She went to Fairvale High School and finished her Higher School Certificate in 2011.

She is a personal trainer at Massive Workouts at Wetherill Park, looking after the children's programs.

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