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The Heart of the Story with Gary Metivier

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In The Heart of the Story with Gary Metivier we focus on positive, inspiring stories of everyday people doing cool stuff. What drives people to go after their dreams? What can the rest of us get out of hearing their stories? We take you deeper into the story as we get to the heart of why this is so … read more


Episode 7: Wrestling with Change: Girls Fighting to Compete

In This Heart of the Story with Gary Metivier we take you inside the world of female wrestling. Young girls are turning out in record numbers for a chance to show what they can do in this sport. But in some states, they are finding themselves pinned by rules that keep them out of the game.

"I think boys and girls should both have the same chances, an opportunity. Nothing should stop the girls," Sydney Park, two time state champion, explains. 

Sydney says the sport teaches her things she otherwise would miss out on. 

“This sports gives you many life skills: being relentless, having goals and even if you don’t achieve them that year the year after you keep going, and you don’t give up. You push harder and harder every time and you learn what you are made of, you learn that you are stronger than what you thought.”

Her coach Jason Loyd is right there with them. After coaching his two sons he turned to focus to clubs with girls and is gaining national attention with his work ethic and message.

“Nationally we have introduced girls across the nation. Up until now primarily a male-dominated sport while the female athlete really had to struggle and almost one-up the boys just to keep their ability to compete.”

Follow Jason as he fights for all states to get on board--help them reach their goals.

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Produced By Ryan Beintema @rbp7

Executive Producer/Host Gary Metivier

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