VIDEO: Jill Gallays

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, 2016 Olympic wrestler Jill Gallays found a passion for her sport in high school.

In her 15-year wrestling career, the 5-foot-five wrestler in the 53-kilogram weight class became a six time national champion, competing in 28 countries including at the Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, World University Games and in Rio in 2016.

But the road to the Olympics didn’t come easy. Gallays, now the Director of Training at Craven Sport Services in Saskatoon, overcame a learning disability, graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012, and numerous injuries including torn ligaments just months before the Olympic qualifier.

Gallays believes without her home province, her dream wouldn’t have been possible.

“Representing Canada is what I dreamed of my whole wrestling career. To be able to wear the red and white and be surrounded by people who have the like-minded love that you do toward Canada is an amazing experience. I wouldn’t take it back for the world.”

Jill Gallays, 2016 Olympic Wrestler

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