LANTZ: Being pushed by his coach to be better has elevated Liam Saccary to new heights.

The wrestler has always wanted to be able to put on the Maple Leaf and compete as a Team Canada wrestler, and last week he did that at the Pan American championships in the 58 kilogram class July 7-9. Besides that, he was also named to the Nova Scotia team for the upcoming Canada Games.

“Making Team Canada has always been my goal,” said Saccary before heading off to Argentina for the Pan Ams. “I wanted to make the team and prove to myself and others that I do belong on top and that I can compete with the best.

“Going to Pan Ams is crazy and just motivates me to push myself and become known internationally and nationally.”

Liam Saccary is representing Canada at the Pan American championships and then will don the Nova Scotia colours at the Canada Games later this month. (Submitted photo)

The Lantz product had lofty goals for Pan Ams.

“I plan on standing on the podium with a gold medal around my neck,” he said.

Saccary knew no one could challenge him for the Canada Games spot or even beat him to get it.

He credited his coach, Morgan Marchand, with being able to push him as hard as he could to be better to reach his goals.

“He is an amazing coach and I honor him with all the hard work I put forth, all the time spent in the workout room and on the mat,” he said. “Making the team will hopefully get me noticed and be able to train with the best of the best.”

Saccary explained why he got into the sport.

“I got into wrestling by the love of fighting and how the body works,” he said. “There are so many ways to manipulate the body which will increase your chance of winning.

“The best part of wrestling is the difficulty of it. Anyone can put a puck in a net or crack a baseball with a bat, but very few are able to step on the mat, put a singlet on and beat the person in front of them, one on one. Wrestling is all about strength, mental toughness and being technical. You have to do it to feel it.”

Saccary said he is doing some fundraising through his website4) People can help me out by sponsoring me through my official website, LiamSaccary.ca, where there is a featured video and a list of his accomplishments. He has a list of his sponsors as well.

In 2018, Saccary graduates HERH so he is eyeing universities with wrestling programs. He hopes to study Kinesiology and then branch into sport Psychology.

“I plan on competing in MMA and hope to make an impact in that scene but for wrestling, I hope to get a few World Tittles before I make that step,” said Saccary. “I would also like to give a quick shout out to my colleagues in the meat/seafood department at the Elmsdale Superstore, they have given their tremendous support, especially my manager Kevin White who puts up with my hectic schedule. I appreciate it all.”

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