DIVERSITY IN WRESTLING

Wrestling is arguably the most diverse sport in on the planet.  It’s cultural and gender diversity is evidenced by the Olympic Games in which 68 countries competed in wrestling in 2016 for both men’s and women’s wrestling.

Wresting provided an opportunity for men and women from diverse backgrounds and very different physical capabilities to participate.  When you attend a wrestling club or competition in Australia, you will notice people from a vast range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we are also a sport of open armed acceptance for people of all physical, biological and chosen person preferences.

Wrestling now also has a national First Nations liaison officer to assist and provide assistance to our sport for indigenous Australian’s to participate.

Wrestling Australia is happy to announce that Stephan Jaeggi has been appointed as the Wrestling Australia First Nations Liaison Officer.

See below for a message from Stephan:

My name is Stephan Jaeggi. I have been involved in Wrestling for over 30 years , representing Australia on numerous occasions as an Athlete , Coaching for 20 years and as an official for 10 years.  I was coached by John Kinsela, the First Aboriginal to represent Australia at Olympic Games, in Wrestling, in my younger years. My heritage is Swiss and Aboriginal. My father migrated to Australia in the 1960’s from Switzerland and my Mother is of Bundjulung and Yuin Heritage.  She was the first Mundine to migrate to Redfern in 1958 from the NSW North Coast.
Wrestling has a big Cultural connection with Aboriginal Australia, especially on the North Coast in Bundjulung Country.
I’m very excited and privileged to be able to work towards increasing Aboriginal participation in Wrestling and developing Traditional Aboriginal Wrestling.

If you would like to know more, or you have ideas to share, or you would like to help in this endeavour in some way, then I would be pleased if you contacted me by sending an email to: first.nations@wrestling.com.au

If you would like some more information on Indigenous Wrestling in Australia click here.

See our clubs section to find your nearest wrestling club where you can participate.