Biography

16-year-old Merinda will be representing New Zealand in Wrestling at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. She is a student at Papamoa College in Tauranga and is a member of the Mount Maunganui Wrestling Club. Merinda’s sporting highlights include the 2013 Australian Youth Festival, where she placed 3rd, as well as the 2014 Oceania Championships, where she placed 1st. Merinda began competing at age 11 and her role model is Valerie Adams.