Ethan Hatt (left) and Kai Pare (right) enjoy a fun wrestling match on Wrestling Day in Williams Lake.

Ethan Hatt (left) and Kai Pare (right) enjoy a fun wrestling match on Wrestling Day in Williams Lake.

Wrestling Day celebrated on floor mats in Williams Lake

For the first time Wrestling Day, which is only celebrated in Williams Lake, was marked with a wrestling fun day.

The first annual Wrestling Day Fun Day fundraiser held in Williams Lake, the only community that has a holiday on Jan. 2 called Wrestling Day, was very popular.

“We have had lots of kids come out to participate,” said Williams Lake Wrestling Club instructor Sonia Conrod as she watched several youngsters wrestling on the mats. “We’ve been having a lot of fun.”

Mayor Walt Cobb attended and cut a cake, Conrod added, saying she had been handing out fun prizes throughout the afternoon.

After three sets of young wrestlers participated in one-on-one matches, showing off a ton of strength and energy, Conrod encouraged everyone to gather at the centre of the mats.

“This one is called royal rumble,” she explained. “There are no two-on-ones, everyone has to remain on their hands and knees and use wrestling moves to get the others to the edge.”

The last person left in the middle is the winner.

Friday’s event was also an opportunity for the club to show off its new training facility located inside the old Sight and Sound building in downtown Williams Lake.

Wrestling Day is held every Jan. 2 after approved officially by city council at a December meeting.