St. Laurent's Anaka Chartrand is proud to say she represented her country in Mexico at the 2023 Pan-American Wrestling Championships. 

She describes the tournament as an amazing experience, even though she didn't get the results she had hoped for. Chartrand says this will benefit her in the long run.

"Just going there and getting that experience was important. Now I know for next time what it'll be like. This was my first time going, and the nerves were there," Chartrand explains. "I feel like next time I'll know what to expect."

Chartrand didn't take much time off after the international tournament, as she went to Montreal the following week to train.

"My parents bring my brother and I to different camps around Canada a lot, and sometimes we even go to the United States for wrestling camps," says Chartrand. "It's really beneficial for me. I'm glad my parents take the time to do it. Even just being able to wrestle different people all the time helps because everybody has their own wrestling style."

Now, Chartrand is heading out to another international tournament, but this time, she will be representing Manitoba rather than Canada.

On July 18 and 19, Chartrand will be taking part in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). The 16-year-old is ready for the challenges that lie ahead in Halifax.

"I'm super excited. I can't wait. It's my first NAIG Games. I want to go there and win!"