Maggie Smith isn't your typical 12-year-old; she's one of the toughest girls in the world. In March, the seventh grader from Rock Springs will represent the United States at the All-Female Japan wrestling tournament.

Maggie inherited a love for the sport from her father, Birch Smith. When he signed her up for pee wee wrestling at the age of four, dad had no idea she would become a champion.

Smith is already a five-time Wyoming State Champion, a five-time USA Wrestling All-American and the reigning USA Wrestling National Champion in her age group. Maggie's dream is to wrestle in the Olympics someday. She will have the chance to train with the 2020 Olympic Committee when she competes in Japan this spring.

When she's not wrestling, Maggie also plays football, sings in the school choir and maintains a 4.0 grade point average.

Smith is one of three members from the Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association selected to compete for the American Kintaro Cultural Exchange team at the tournament in Japan. WAWA is currently accepting donations to cover travel costs. For more information, contact Girls Coordinator Jessica Brenton here.



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