Student athlete competes in her passion

Andrea Jacinto, Staff writer

Megan Irwin trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is already a 1x World Pan American champion.

Pan American is an international tournament where thousands of athletes compete. Irwin is also into judo and wrestling.

She has been training for six years, starting on September 5, 2013. She is currently a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu, a sport that was just an after school hobby until she realized it could potentially be her life purpose. She didn’t take it as seriously when she first started, but when she got her first injury in the sport and wasn’t able to train, she realized that it was more important to her than she thought.

Irwin is also an assistant coach at Costa Jiu Jitsu. She said that the people that impact and inspire her the most are her teammates and she is really lucky to have the opportunity to train with them.

Jiu Jitsu is a  place where Irwin can be herself and be  with people who share the same love for the sport. She loves the community and said that it feels like family to her. Her next goal is to go to Adult Pan American games to compete.

Jiu Jitsu has offered her so much that she wants to open her own gym when she gets older and share her experience with others.


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