ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):West Indies Women’s bid to win the ICC Women’s World Cup will begin with a two-week training camp in England.The West Indies Cricket Board announced details of the training yesterday, which will lead into the global tournament that starts on June 26.Windies Women secured one of the four automatic qualification spots for the eight-team tournament on the strength of their performance in the ICC Women’s Championship over the last two years.”We made arrangements for the team to assemble in England in early June for their camp ahead of the World Cup,” WICB Project Officer for Women’s cricket Josina Luke said.”We want to offer them all the support we can as we look to add the 50-overs World title to the Twenty20 World title.”Luke said: “This should provide them with ideal preparation as they get acclimatised to the conditions and look to win another major international title.”The team has improved a lot since the last World Cup in India when they reached their first international final. We are good contenders to win this time around.”The Windies Women were runners-up at the last ICC Women’s World Cup when they lost the final against Australia Women four years ago in Mumbai, India.Last April, however, they claimed their first global title when they prevailed over the Aussie Women to capture the ICC Women’s World T20 title at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India.
The senior wrestler continues to study the subject. Gifford wrote about his experience and witnessing live surgeries at Antelope Valley Hospital for a class project. He has stood next to doctors during at least two orthopedic surgeries since his injury. Gifford’s plans include attending medical school at the University of Utah after graduating from BYU. But before that, he will serve on a two-year mission as part of his Mormon faith. Gifford is not sure where his mission will take him but before leaving he plans to attend Antelope Valley College for one semester. “To tell you the truth, my future in wrestling, I can say I don’t want to pursue it that much,” Gifford said. “Maybe if there’s a perfect opportunity I might take hold of it.” With a recovered knee and his first full healthy season, Gifford’s first priority is helping the host Bulldogs win today’s Div. V dual meet championship that begins at 11 a.m. Coach Michael Young’s team will take on Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates in first-round competition. Then he will begin to think about the Northern Division individual championship tournament to be held Feb. 16 and 17 at Pacifica High in Oxnard. Highland, which earned a berth in the Section championship after clinching its 13th league title in 15 years, was eliminated by eventual champion Royal of Simi Valley in the quarterfinals last season. Young said Gifford will be an integral part to a winning formula with his 38-12 record that includes 25 pins. He had two key pins in a first-round win against Kaiser of Fontana in last year’s dual meet championship. “Ryan is a very intense, workmanlike kid,” Young said. “He starts a job and he gets to it. He’s the type of kid you want to have on your side in a tough situation.” Gifford has earned his teammates’ and opponents’ respect for being a leader and for his work ethic on and off the mat. “(Gifford) is a tough kid,” said Trevor Leach, who coaches Quartz Hill, which takes on Canyon Springs of San Bernardino in the first round of today’s dual meet tournament. “He’s in a good position to scare other wrestlers. He’s helped my kids be able to handle good wrestlers like him after facing him.” Teammates like Mike Larkin, the Bulldogs’ 152-pound division league champion, and Chad Ellis, the 189-pound champion, took notice of Gifford’s toughness and integrity during rehabbing his knee. “Ryan and I use each other to get better,” said Larkin, who has the team’s best record at 40-12. “He’s my rival on the mat in practice. “He’s a tough guy. Even with his knee hurt I would find him lifting weights. Just having that one person that has me always thinking of another way to take him down has done nothing but helped me improve my game.” Ellis, a junior, wants to take on a leadership role next season the same as Gifford has done this year. Gifford credits much of his work ethic and leadership role to former Highland standout and friend Steve Frehn, now a wrestler at Stanford. Frehn was the school’s first Section titlelist in seven years before taking the 145-pound championship in 2005. “(Frehn) is definitely the cornerstone of my career,” Gifford said. “He’s the one that made it all happen for me. Since he once told me he wrestled everyone as if he was wrestling a champion, I do the same.” Gifford also learned to trust his instinct and regain confidence in his knee from Frehn. “I’d go into every single match thinking my knee might pop out again,” Gifford said. “I had to fight through that. Halfway throughout the season I felt more comfortable, more secure about my knee. It’s actually now the strongest knee.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gifford was already being bothered by his knee from a slight injury that lingered from his sophomore season in which he reached CIF tournament but didn’t finish. He said he had felt the knee pop out in the past and was able to fix it, but not this time. Gifford was upset. “I’ve never had a full tournament of CIF individuals and I never had the chance to see how far I can actually go.” Despite putting an end to his season goals and putting the sport he loves on ice, the injury led to Gifford’s interest in wanting to become an orthopedic surgeon. The Bulldogs’ 160-pound category Golden League runner-up has developed an itch to learn about surgical and rehabilitation procedures after completing his work to recovery during this off-season. “I’ve always wanted to be a doctor,” Gifford said. “But I wasn’t sure in what field.” PALMDALE – Ryan Gifford’s injury temporarily shelved his passion and created another. The Highland of Palmdale wrestler’s junior season abruptly ended with a knee injury during practice a day before last year’s Southern Section’s individual tournament. Gifford spent the next day on a hospital bed after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee instead of competing for a berth in the Master’s meet. “I was wrestling a coach from Little Rock High School and I went to do a move, he grabbed my leg and I just felt my knee go completely out,” Gifford said. “It came out of place and it wouldn’t pop back into place.”