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Year in Review - Norwalk Sports
A look back at what made sport headlines in the area
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Norwalk, CT | Added on December 30, 2013 At 12:22 PM

Here's what made sports headlines in Norwalk and the surrounding community this year. 

Not many women can say their workout involves lifting a 90 pound stone...but for Stefanie Tropea, that's just part of the routine. In October, Stefanie was named America's Strongest Women. When she's not competing to be the strongest, Tropea is pushing her clients to their very best at her gym.

"There is a misconception that if women lift heavy weights, they'll get bulky and lose their femininity," Tropea said.  "That's just not true." 

"I try to give 100 percent with every workout, and that's what I want from them."

Tropea will compete in the World Championships in 2014. Last year she finished ninth worldwide in her weight class. 

Since 1995, the Norwalk Grassroots Tennis program has been keeping underprivileged kids off the streets while teaching them the importance of exercise and teamwork.

Earlier this year, the 14-and-under team got the opportunity to play in the U-S-T-A Junior Team National Championships in South Carolina for the first time. 

David Kimani, the program's Director of Tennis said, "Our main interest is giving opportunities to inner city kids," "So they can play this wonderful game of tennis."

Yuuki Hosokawa, a 12-year-old on the team said, ""I hope the team has fun," "It doesn't really matter about winning.  It's more about having fun."

Although the team did not take home a title during the championships, we are sure to hear more from this talented group in the new year.

They may not have won the championship but the Westport Little League team got a hero's welcome after their run in the Little League World Series over the summer. 

Harry Azadian, player on the Westport Little League team said, "Five weeks ago we were just regular kids. Now I feel like a celebrity."

Tim Rogers, Coach of the Westport Little League said, "I couldn't be more proud of the way the conducted themseleves, both on and off the field. It's great to be a good baseball team but it's better to be great young men and they demonstrated that from the start of the season to the end of the season."

The team finished fourth in the world and second in the nation. That's what made sport news in Norwalk in 2013.


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