Senior Lillia Clay is a pioneer of Liberty’s girl’s wrestling program. From the moment the program was introduced during her freshman year, Clay has been a dedicated member of the team and has since risen to the rank of team captain for the past three years. Her commitment to constant improvement has not only helped her achieve personal success but has also motivated her teammates to do the same.
Clay along with three of her teammates – Caroline Ward (12), Elektra Lowe (12) and Maddy Kuhn (11) – qualified for state this season, marking the most female wrestlers to do so in Liberty history. She attributes her personal leadership method as a source of motivation for her team.
“My method for leadership is constant improvement. As for myself and other people, I feel like having that method helped me and my girls in wrestling get to state. I feel personal joy out of seeing this method help others find their full potential,” Clay expresses.
This year especially, as her time on the team comes to an end, Clay is passionate about promoting Liberty’s girl’s wrestling program and encourages interested students to sign up.
In regards to the importance of Women’s History Month, Clay wishes to convey the significance of amplifying and listening to women’s voices.
She states, “Women provide a lot for us, and not just in the sense of care and nurture. Us women, we’re pretty cool and pretty smart. If we have our own voices and people listen to our voices, we can learn a lot about the world.”
Clay’s efforts extend beyond the wrestling mat, as she is currently working with Link Crew on a project to donate knot blankets to foster children.