Our sister scout, and alumnae recently traveled to Osaka, Japan to compete in the Sumo World Championship—and took 6th place!
Helen Delpopolo, a resident of Westfield, New Jersey, came out of a 10-year retirement as a tribute to her former sensei and mentor, who unfortunately passed away in October 2014.
Helen placing 6th in the world isn't her only accomplishment in the sport. At age 12, she was named the youngest athlete to win a national title in sumo wrestling and she currently holds the 2015 Middleweight Sumo National Championship for the United States. She also competes in Judo and was a 14X Junior National Judo Champ!
Helen is working towards becoming the first female sumo world champion from the United States—and she won't stop competing until she gets there.
We're rooting for you, Helen!