Former Uintah High School wrestler Candace Workman has traveled all over the world with her abilities on the mat and was back in a familiar place on Thursday helping out with the Big Time Wrestling Camp.

The annual camp was held at UHS from June 12-15.

“I love giving back to the kids,” Workman said on Thursday morning. “It's nice being in my own gym and working with the area local kids. I like to work with them every chance that I get.”

Workman was part of a star-studded lineup created by UHS head wrestling coach Gregg Stensgard.

“The great thing about this camp is the people that we have here,” Stensgard said. “They all bring that level of expertise here. All of them have been there and have done it. All of them have won national championships.”

The lineup included Brent Metcalf (two-time NCAA champion and four-time world team member), Phillip Keddy (Pan American champion), Ryan Lewis (three-time NCAA All-American) and Workman (two-time university national champion).

“These kids have to learn and change if they want to be successful,” Stensgard said. “They need to take advantage of learning about these things. The next level is more about mental aspirations. Camps like this are so important so that you learn from have actually done it and not those that just talk about it.”

Workman graduated from UHS in 2009 and she has climbed into one of the top female wrestlers in her sport.

“This is home to me, especially being on the mat at the high school here,” WorkThe lineup included Brent Metcalf (two-time NCAA champion and four-time world team member), Phillip Keddy (Pan American champion), Ryan Lewis (three-time NCAA All-American) and Workman (two-time university national champion).

 “These kids have to learn and change if they want to be successful,” Stensgard said. “They need to take advantage of learning about these things. The next level is more about mental aspirations. Camps like this are so important so that you learn from having actually done it, and not those that just talk about it.”

 Workman graduated from UHS in 2009 and she has climbed into one of the top female wrestlers in her sport.

 “This is home to me, especially being on the mat at the high school here,” Workman said. It’s second nature just to be here and doing what I love.”

 The standout wrestler said she is taking this year off to deal with injuries, but still has a goal of reaching the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

 “I had some surgeries that I needed to take care of,” Workman said.

 Workman finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic trails in her respective weight class in April of 2016. The winner of each weight bracket is the only wrestler that makes the Olympics.

 “It’s really tough what we do in training for four years for one tournament,” Workman said. “I haven’t taken a break in like 20 years.

 This is a good time to get my mind refocused again because it’s very difficult in competing at this level.”

 Workman wrestles in the 48kg (105.75 pounds) and is lowest weight class for female wrestling.

 “I’m already pretty small for 48kg,” Workman said. “If they added a smaller weight class they would probably go down, but it doesn’t look like they will do that.”

 Workman has spent countless hours at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She called the training center a great atmosphere with the best of the best wrestlers.

 “At the same time, you don’t get one-on-one coaching,” Workman said. “You don’t get the individual things that get you to the next level. I’m trying to decide where will be the best coaching situation.”

 The goal for the Olympics still drives Workman.

 “It would mean everything,” Workman said. “I have been training since 2004 when they first added women’s wrestling to the Olympics.  That has been my main goal since then.“

 The former UHS wrestler said female wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation with Utah growing a little bit slower than other states.

 “Texas and California have over 2,000 girl wrestlers,” Workman said.man said. It's second nature just to be here and doing what I love.”

The standout wrestler said she is taking this year off to deal with injuries, but still has a goal of reaching the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

“I had some surgeries that I needed to take care of,” Workman said.

Workman finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic trails in her respective weight class in April of 2016. The winner of each weight bracket is the only wrestler that makes the Olympics.

“It's really tough what we do in training for four years for one tournament,” Workman said. “I haven't taken a break in like 20 years. This is a good time to get my mind refocused again because it's very physically and mentally difficult in competing at this level.”

Workman wrestles in the 48kg (105.75 pounds) and is lowest weight class for female wrestling.

“I'm already pretty small for 48kg,” Workman said. “If they added a smaller weight class they would probably go down, but it doesn't look like they will do that.”

Workman has spent countless hours at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She called the training center a great atmosphere with the best of the best wrestlers.

“At the same time, you don't get one-on-one coaching,” Workman said. “You don't get the individual things that get you to the next level. I'm trying to decide where will be the best coaching situation.”

The goal for the Olympics still drives Workman.

“It would mean everything,” Workman said. “I have been training for 2004 when they first added women's wrestling to the Olympics. That has been my main goal since then.“

The former UHS wrestler said female wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation with Utah growing a little bit slower than other states.

“Texas and California have over 2,000 girl wrestlers,” Workman said.

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