WINNING GIRL to air on PBS Hawaii in April

Our “winning girl” Teshya Alo is one step closer to her Olympic dream. She won her first senior national wrestling tournament last December, which qualified her to compete at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials next month in Iowa City. If she wins there, she’ll be going to Rio de Janeiro to compete at the Summer Olympics!


To celebrate her and Hawai‘i’s other female Olympic wrestling hopeful–2012 bronze medalist Clarissa Chun–PBS Hawaii will air WINNING GIRL on Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m.


The film will be followed by a rebroadcast of the station’s “Long Story Short” interview program with Clarissa Chun. The two programs will have a repeat broadcast on Sunday, April 10 (time TBD).


Both Hawai‘i wrestlers will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials that weekend: April 9 for Teshya who competes in the 58 kg. division and April 10 for Clarissa who competes in the 48 kg. division.


At the age of 18, this will be Teshya’s first Olympic attempt. At 34, this might be Clarissa’s last. The two have trained together in the past, and Clarissa even makes an appearance in the festival version of our film, in which she says of Teshya:  ”The opportunity she has is tremendous. You know, making the world team … I see her having so much fun out there, and it’s fun for me to watch. It’s easy to like, cheer her on for that.”


PBS Hawaii president and CEO Leslie Wilcox said the April broadcasts are a “timely presentation on the determined Hawai‘i women wrestlers who have made it this far to their 2016 Olympic goal.”


So set your DVRs now, and tell your friends and family. This is an evening to honor two of Hawai‘i’s top female athletes and to send them good vibes for their competition ahead!