As part of Wreaper Wrestling, we are doing a series of videos called The Legacy Series. This project hopes to shed light on the many amazing women that are in the sport of wrestling and how they have paved the way for others and deserve some recognition.
Kicking off this series is Danielle Lappage.
Danielle Lappage is a Canadian Wrestler from Olds Alberta who found a passion for wrestling at a very young age.
Throughout her wrestling Career, she has accomplished many spectacular feats, such as winning Cadet Worlds, winning Canada Cup, taking silver at the World Championships, and becoming an Olympian in 2016.
However, during her warm up at the Rio Olympics, she ruptured her hamstring; she gathered all her strength and tried to wrestler her first match, but she soon realized that she could not wrestle.
Her next few months were taken to recover and during that time, she turned to coaching in order to give back to a sport she has gotten so much from. As the Assistant Coach at Simon Fraser University, she touched the lives of many, and eventually was able to get back on the mat herself.
After her first completion, the fire inside her burned brighter than ever before. She was on a mission, and that mission was to be the best. Not only the best physical, but mentally as well, and so, with not only a bachelors degree, but with a Masters as well, she also decided to go to Law School in Calgary. She continued to rise in the competition as a wrestler, and as the year 2020 approached, accomplished her goal of becoming an Olympian once again.
Even with the postponement of the Olympics, Danielle’s fire is still burning strong, and she now looks on towards 2021 with one goal; to be an Olympic Champion.
She is a great example to girls and women everywhere of accomplishing great things, resilience though trials, giving back to the next generation, and bettering yourself in all aspects of life.
Thank you Danielle Lappage for being part of the Legacy of Women’s Wrestling.