The More than Medals Camp was held in Sukhothai, Thailand from July 24 – August 02, 2017. As part of the new concept for the development of wrestling, United World Wrestling (UWW) hosted a training camp for coaches and athletes as part of their wrestling commitment to advancing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Agenda 2020. The program included extensive training for about 100 athletes from 27 different countries and a series of in-class room sessions on nutrition, strength, conditioning, Olympic Values, Anti Doping and other activities that included sightseeing visits to Thailand’s beautifully historical parks, temples and other sites.

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Representing Palau along with other athletes from Oceania were 15 year old athlete and Emmaus High School Student Stahler Swenny and his Coach John Tarkong Jr. Stahler has only been training for about a year but has been showing great progress according to Coach Tarkong. Earlier this year, Palau received news that Stahler is one of a few international athletes who were selected and received the Universality Place for Palau to compete in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. Stahler recently won the gold medal in the Belau Games for Ngaraar State and was also one of our youngest coaches ever to complete the UWW Level 1 Coaching Course. Stahler will be expected to compete in the 100kg freestyle cadets division in the Youth Olympic Games.

In order to help him prepare for next year, UWW invited Stahler to take part in the More than Medals Camp this summer. The training was overseen by top level international coaches and the practice sessions were intense as it involved mat training sessions, running, active games, conditioning, swimming, weightlifting and other activities. The coaches attended a coaching course throughout the week as well. If Stahler continues to train hard, we can then send him to compete in the Oceania Championships next year in Guam and possibly other training camps and competitions leading up to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Belau Wrestling Federation (BWF) would like to thank UWW, PNOC, our corporate sponsors WCTC and other sponsors such as NECO Marine, PPR, Payless Market and HANPA for their continued support throughout the year. Most of all, special thanks goes out to his family, friends and Emmaus High School for all their support. [/restrict]