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thea braaten



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Shawnee Heights

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Topeka, KS


What do you want to celebrate about your athlete?

First-ever UKC Girls Conference Champions in the history of Kansas, both individually and as a team!


Below is a post she shared on her social media recently and you can see why this is a special young lady.


She said...


Before leaving for an exchange year, I don’t think anyone ever imagined me, the least physical player on the soccer field to do wrestling. Going from literally being scared of tackling people to suddenly fight 1v1 has been totally life-changing for me.


Wrestling doesn't only teach you how to wrestle, but it also teaches life. How to be brave, fearless, tough, never give up and believing in yourself.


I can for sure say wrestling has been one of the most influential things I’ve ever done my entire life. Nothing has ever been as scary as walking out on the mat, looking into your opponent's eyes...ready to start fighting each other. I’m forever grateful for every single life lesson, both mentally and physically that wrestling has thought me.


Our season is almost over, and I can never thank my coaches enough for being the main key for an outstanding season that will forever be a part of my life. Thank you!

thea and her coaches

"Her bravery and courage inspire us all."

- Coach Parks

What life skills do you see your athlete learning through sports?

One of the amazing skills I see Thea learning is the courage to move forward amidst uncertainty.


What is a character trait your Athlete has that you adore?

Thea is one of the kindest people I’ve met.


Besides sports, what does your Athlete aspire to be?

She wants to be a police officer in her home country of Norway.


Tell us one thing you want your athlete to know.

Thea’s ability to overcome obstacles is a skill that will serve her for the rest of her life.



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Who do you look up to?

Her teammate Amelie, for her toughness and mindset.


What do you love about sports?

Training and teammates.


What do you do in your spare time?

Soccer, play guitar, hang out with family and friends.

Congratulations, Thea!

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