Sumo schoolgirl hopes for glory at world championships
A diet of Weetabix and lasagne is credited with helping Samantha-Jane Stacey maintain the sturdy frame required for the sport
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A 14-year-old schoolgirl who weighs 20st is aiming for sporting glory, as she takes part in the Sumo world championships.
By Chris Irvine
Last Updated: 10:25AM BST 07 Oct 2008
Samantha-Jane Stacey, is Australia's strongest medal hope at the world championships in Estonia next month.
She began Sumo training two years ago after previous experience of wrestling and will compete in the junior women's heavyweight division.
A diet of Weetabix and lasagne is credited with helping her maintain the sturdy frame required for the sport.
However she dismissed suggestions that Sumo is all about bulk.
"I love it because it's a physical, body-contact sport but you've also got to use your brain and have mental tactics." she said.
"It's a perfect sport for girls because you have to think on your feet."